Assessment of wilderness quality using the analytic hierarchy process

Ananda, Jayanath and Herath, Gamini 2002, Assessment of wilderness quality using the analytic hierarchy process, Tourism economics, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 189-206.

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Title Assessment of wilderness quality using the analytic hierarchy process
Author(s) Ananda, Jayanath
Herath, Gamini
Journal name Tourism economics
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 206
Publisher IP Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Brighton, England
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 1354-8166
Keyword(s) Analytic hierarchy process
Expert panels
Wilderness indicators
Wilderness quality
Summary Wilderness is a unique environmental resource that provides a multitude of use and non-use benefits. The use and management of wilderness depend on the assessment of wilderness quality. Current wilderness assessment in Australia is based on two broad criteria, the remoteness and naturalness of the wilderness, determined using geographic information systems. This paper discusses a complementary assessment method using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP). The AHP can be used to incorporate additional criteria, such as social and cultural criteria, to improve the quality of wilderness assessment. It provides a flexible and compatible method for large-scale wilderness assessments with multiple criteria. The weighting factors for the different criteria can be obtained from expert panels and focus groups.
Language eng
Field of Research 140216 Tourism Economics
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, IP Publishing Ltd.
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