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|
Senior Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Mauritius
Associate Research Scientist, Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Mauritius
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