Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis integrated with GIS and remote sensing for astronomical observatory site selection in Antalya province, Turkey

D. Koc-San*, B. T. San, V. Bakis, M. Helvaci, Z. Eker

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Özet

Astronomical observatory site selection is a complex problem that involves evaluation of multiple factors from different sources. The aim of this study is to select the best possible candidates for astronomical observations sites using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis integrated with Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing technologies. The study was implemented in the Antalya province of Turkey, which is convenient for astronomical site observatory facilities with its appropriate climate properties and weather conditions. Eleven factors (cloud cover, precipitable water, earthquake zones, geology, landslide inventory, active fault lines, Digital Elevation Model, city lights, mining activities, settlement areas, roads) were determined, splitting into three categories; meteorological, geographical and anthropogenic criteria. These factors were evaluated using Analytical Hierarchy Process method and the weights of criteria layers were determined. As a result, the most suitable areas were located extensively in western and eastern part of Antalya. This study offers a robust, accurate, cost and time effective procedure for preliminary site selection for astronomical observatory. However, for a final decision of the best location of astronomical observatory, site testing measurements and atmospheric seeing observations will be further required in these preliminary areas.

Orijinal dilİngilizce
Sayfa (başlangıç-bitiş)39-51
Sayfa sayısı13
DergiAdvances in Space Research
Hacim52
Basın numarası1
DOI'lar
Yayın durumuYayınlandı - 1 Tem 2013
Harici olarak yayınlandıEvet

Finansman

This study is a part of the scientific research project which has been supported by the Akdeniz University, Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit (Project no: 2012.01.0200.005 ).

FinansörlerFinansör numarası
Akdeniz Üniversitesi2012.01.0200.005

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