—Land suitability assessment for irrigation is a very important tool not only in terms of agriculture development planning, but also to overcome the global problem of water scarcity. The aim of this study is to spatially evaluate land suitability of the study area, Kilte Awulaelo district in Ethiopia, for surface and drip irrigation methods based on GIS and remote sensing approaches. This work has been done as a part of the 29th Course Professional Master in Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare, Florence, Italy. Final suitability maps show the irregularity of suitability classes’ distribution over the study area. Results show that only 15% of the study area is suitable for surface irrigation. This is due to the limitation of the topography and stoniness factors for surface irrigation suitability. GIS and remote sensing was highly efficient for modeling and developing land suitability maps together with spatially compare land suitability for deferent irrigation methods.
—Ethiopia, GIS and remote sensing, irrigation systems, land suitability, spatial modeling.
A H. Rabia is with University of Naples "Federico II", Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Science of Soil, Plant, Environment and Animal Production. Via Università 100 –80055- Portici- Napoli, Italy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
H. Figueredo is with Ministry of Development Planning, Vice-Ministry of Planning and Coordination, General Direction of Territorial Planning - La Paz, Bolivia.
T. L. Huong is with Asian Management and Development Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam.
B. A. A. Lopez is with San Carlos University, Faculty of Agronomy, Guatemala.
H. W. Solomon is with Mekelle University, College of Social Sciences and Languages, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Mekelle, Ethiopia.
V. Alessandro is with Istituto Agronomico per l'Oltremare, Via A. Cocchi 4 Firenze, Italy.
Cite:A. H. Rabia, H. Figueredo, T. L. Huong, B. A. A. Lopez, H. W. Solomon, and V. Alessandro, "Land Suitability Analysis for Policy Making Assistance: A GIS Based Land Suitability Comparison between Surface and Drip Irrigation Systems," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-6, 2013.