Abstract—This study aims to investigate the potentials of Varjin, a protected area near the Tehran, for implementation of indoor recreation. Existence of many natural attractive sceneries as well as proximity to the capital city of Tehran caused this region to be a suitable area for recreational purposes. For this purpose, this research identifies the ecological potential of this area in the utilization of indoor (intensive) recreation. Thus by identifying the ecological resources of the region, in a scale of 1:100000, map layers information is dispatched to the Arc GIS. Since, the implementation of recreational usage needs more variables and criterion, multi criteria evaluation method is essentially applicable. Therefore, generation of the criterion maps and their standardization are performed using fuzzy logic and S functions. Totally, 17 layers information are utilized as criterion maps for evaluation of intensive recreational potential usage. Evaluation of criteria is utilized by means of analytical hierarchy process and Expert Choice software .
Index Terms—Ecological evaluation; Fuzzy logic; Multicriteria decision-making; weighted linear combination method; Analytical hierarchy process.
*Islamic Azad University, Assistant professor of North Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran.
1Graduate students of Environmental Science, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
2Islamic Azad University, Shahrood Branch, Shahrood, Iran.
Cite: Seyed Ali Jozi, Narges Zaredar and Sahar Rezaeian, "Evaluation of Ecological Capability using Spatial Multi Criteria Evaluation Method (SMCE) (Case study: Implementation of Indoor Recreation in Varjin Protected Area-Iran)," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 273-277, 2010.