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Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 21-24 February 2010, Universidad EARTH, Costa Rica  701P0210cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.29450)
Authors:   Christian A Villalta-Calderon
Keywords:   multi-objective optimization linear programming (MOLP), water quality, land use planning, GIS, spatial analysis

This research presents the development and results of a Geographical Information System (GIS) utilized together with the results from a multi-objective optimization linear programming approach (MOLP) in order to define the basis for a land use allocation system analysis. This study was conducted in the Ro Grande de Arecibo watershed, located in the north central area of the Puerto Rico island. The GIS recommends specific land use locations based on several spatial constraints like distance to rivers, available infrastructure, preference land use conversion, etc. The GIS model provides a tool for decision makers in the land planning and decision making process regarding land allocation and permitting.

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