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Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region

Marco Pellegrini ; University of Padua, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD), ITALY
Stefano Grigolato ; University of Padua, Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Viale dell’Università 16, 35020 Legnaro (PD), ITALY

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APA 6th Edition
Pellegrini, M. & Grigolato, S. (2013). Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, 34 (1), 31-42. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727
MLA 8th Edition
Pellegrini, Marco and Stefano Grigolato. "Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region." Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, vol. 34, no. 1, 2013, pp. 31-42. https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727. Accessed 19 Oct. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Pellegrini, Marco and Stefano Grigolato. "Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region." Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering 34, no. 1 (2013): 31-42. https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727
Harvard
Pellegrini, M., and Grigolato, S. (2013). 'Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region', Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, 34(1), pp. 31-42. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727 (Accessed 19 October 2019)
Vancouver
Pellegrini M, Grigolato S. Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2019 October 19];34(1):31-42. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727
IEEE
M. Pellegrini and S. Grigolato, "Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Process to Define Maintenance Priorities of Forest Road Network: an Application in the Italian Alpine Region", Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering, vol.34, no. 1, pp. 31-42, 2013. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727. [Accessed: 19 October 2019]

Abstracts
The combination of GIS tools and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) techniques is used to develop a Decision Support System to rank the maintenance priorities of a forest road network according to the actual conditions and needs. The decision-making process is divided into 4 stages. The first stage fixes the objectives of the analysis as the minimization of the sediment production from road surface and the maximization of the social value of the road. The second stage defines the hierarchical structure of the decision problem. At this stage the set of factors (criteria) to maximize each objective and the evaluation methods are defined. At the third stage AHP analysis is applied using a specific application running on ArcGIS, to calculate the evaluation layer that represents the importance of each road according to the set objectives. The values of the evaluation layer are used at the fourth stage to rank the maintenance interventions according to the given benefit. The methodology has been tested in a forest road network with an extension of 107.8 km including in the analysis the real budget constraints and maintenance costs. The results show that the integrated use of GIS and AHP analysis represents a valuable tool to rate the importance of the forest road network for the management of a mountain territory and to define priorities among maintenance operations of the road network, in order to maximize the overall benefit with limited economic resources.

Keywords
forest road maintenance; maintenance cost; AHP; GIS; Decision Support System

Hrčak ID: 116727

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/116727

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