Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 199–210 | Cite as

Calibration of a Multi-criteria Evaluation Based Cellular Automata Model for Indian Cities Having Varied Growth Patterns

  • Sandeep Maithani
Research Article


The study aims to investigate the efficiency of Cellular Automata (CA) based models for simulation of urban growth in two Indian cities (Dehradun and Saharanpur) having different growth patterns. The transition rules in the CA model were defined using Multi-Criteria Evaluation technique. The model was calibrated by varying two parameters namely the neighbourhood (type and size) and model iterations. The model results were assessed using two measures, i.e., percent correct match and Moran’s Index. It was found that for Dehradun, which had a dispersed growth pattern, Von Neumann neighbourhood of small size produced the highest accuracy, in terms of pattern and location of simulated urban growth. For Saharanpur, which had a compact growth pattern, large neighbourhoods, produced the most optimum results, irrespective of the type of neighbourhood. For both study areas, large number of model iterations failed to increase the accuracy of urban growth assessment.


Urban growth Multi-criteria evaluation technique (MCE) Cellular Automata (CA) Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) Indian cities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Urban and Regional Studies DepartmentIndian Institute of Remote SensingDehradunIndia

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