Production of optimum forest roads and comparison of these routes with current forest roads: a case study in Maçka, Turkey


Yıldırım F. , Kadı F.

Geocarto International, vol.0, no.0, pp.1-21, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 0
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10106049.2020.1818852
  • Title of Journal : Geocarto International
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-21

Abstract

Forest roads are a basic necessity in forestry policies and should be planned by considering many factors. This study aims to generate optimum forest road routes and to compare them with current forest roads. Firstly, FRNSM has been produced according to AHP, using nine factors for the study area. Then, risk statuses of the current forest roads are examined. According to results, 35 percent of the total forest road has high risk. A MATLAB GUI based an application using optimal path algorithm developed for the second stage of the study has been produced. Using this application, optimum forest road routes have been produced for 11 pilot areas selected from the region. Generated routes have been compared with current forest roads in the region. It has been observed that generated routes in all areas are more suitable than current forest roads in terms of total length and average risk of suitability.