Integration of GIS and multicriteria decision analysis for urban aquaculture development in Bangladesh

M. Shahadat Hossain, Sayedur Rahman Chowdhury, Nani Gopal Das, S M Sharifuzzaman, Abida Sultana

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    91 Citations (Scopus)


    Site selection is a key factor in any aquaculture operation, affecting both success and sustainability as well as solving land or water use conflicts. This study was conducted to identify suitable sites for carp farming development in urban water bodies (UWBs) of Chittagong, Bangladesh using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) based MultiCriteria Evaluation (MCE) of water, soil and infrastructure database. ASTER imagery and 14 thematic layers were analyzed with ENVI and GIS capabilities, and developed a series of GIS models to identify and prioritize the appropriate UWBs for carp farming. The study identified 487 UWBs occupying 362 ha and revealed 280 ha (77%) is the most suitable, 36 ha (10%) is moderately suitable and 46 ha (13%) is not suitable which was consistent with field verification. The results are encouraging for extension of carp culture and diversify the economic activities of the urban dwellers. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-133
    Number of pages15
    JournalLandscape and Urban Planning
    Issue number3-4
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2009


    • Carp aquaculture
    • Chittagong
    • GIS
    • MCE
    • Site selection
    • Urban water body


    Dive into the research topics of 'Integration of GIS and multicriteria decision analysis for urban aquaculture development in Bangladesh'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this