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Geospatial Data Mining in Decision Support System:Case Study:Modeling Deforestation in North of Iran

Kamal Nematpoor
Tehran university,
Iran
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Mohammad Rajabi
Tehran University
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This study aims to predict the spatial distribution of deforestation in north of Iran.Landsat images dated 1978,1989,2000 were classified in order to generate digital deforestation maps which locate deforestation and forest persistence areas.The deforestationmaps were overlaid with various spatial variables such as the proximity to roads and to settlements, forest fragmentation, elevation to determine the relationship between deforestation and these explanatory variables.A multi-layer perceptron was trained in order to estimate the propensity to deforestation as a function of the explanatory variables and was used to develop deforestation risk assessment maps.