GIS-Enabled Fuzzy Logic Approach for Marine Habitat Modelling

By Chandradeo Bokhoree and Beenesh Motah.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The marine biodiversity of Mauritius is a major asset not only to the tourist industry of the country but also to a number of inhabitants of the island earning their day to day living and most importantly to the functioning of the marine system itself. Effective Sustainable management, conservation and preservation efforts are necessary, hence the need to understand the interactions occurring in the marine habitat. Fuzzy Logic approach has been adopted to model the South-Eastern coastal marine habitat which may be used as a complementary tool for decision making in the sustainable management of the coastal areas. In this paper, digital maps of the South-Eastern coast of Mauritius depicting the marine habitat mounted on a Geographical Information System (GIS) is being used to model the region of interest. The GIS setup allows a synoptic view of the marine structure and its interactions, and consequently establishes rules governing the inputs and outputs in the Fuzzy Logic process. The model developed predicts the type of marine habitat which a specific reef geomorphology might have based on a defined classification scheme for the reef geomorphology.

Keywords: Fuzzy Logic, Geographical Information System, Marine Habitat, System Interaction

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.249-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 737.766KB).

Dr. Chandradeo Bokhoree

Senior Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Mauritius

Chandradeo Bokhoree, a native of Mauritius, was educated at the University of Mauritius, and at Loughborough University in UK, where he was awarded his PhD in 2004. He was a research scholar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the USA in 2001/2003. He was a Lecturer in the School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering at the University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM)until 2006, when he was appointed as Senior Lecturer. His research interests focus on the development and application of modelling techniques and adaptive technologies for sustainable development. He has now joined the School of Sustainable Development and Tourism at UTM and is currently the principle investigator on numerous consultancy projects geared towards finding practical solutions for a sustainable Mauritius.

Beenesh Motah

Associate Research Scientist, Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Mauritius


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