Erosion Sensitivity Mapping Using GIS-Based Multicriteria Analysis – Case Study of the Semiarid Macta Watershed, North-West of Algeria

  • Mohammed Amine HamadoucheEmail author
  • Fatima Zohra Daikh
  • Mohammed Chrair
  • Djamel Anteur
  • Youcef Fekir
  • Miloud Driss
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The exponential rise in the natural risk related to the soil erosion and important impacts on the human activities threatening the biological richness of different regions in Macta watershed located at the northwest of Algeria. This serious and complex situation has been an environmental concern in Algeria. Soil erosion is mainly due to a combination of factors such as climate (rainfall), topography, vegetation cover, type of soil and land use (agricultural activities). The study aimed to develop a methodological approach, based on the combined use of geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing and multicriteria analysis method (MCA), dedicated to the soil erosion sensitivity mapping. The different factors are involved in a geographical database as layers in order to make it easier to implement the decision aid dataset such as alternatives and criteria. The obtained results show that the most threatened areas by the soil erosion phenomena are situated, in general, in the south and the east. Areas of high vulnerability correspond to some sub-watershed with different degrees, i.e., Mezoua, Taria, Mekerra, and Fergoug.


Soil erosion GIS Multicriteria analysis Semiarid Macta watershed Algeria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammed Amine Hamadouche
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fatima Zohra Daikh
    • 2
  • Mohammed Chrair
    • 1
  • Djamel Anteur
    • 3
  • Youcef Fekir
    • 1
  • Miloud Driss
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratory of Research on Geomatic, Ecology and EnvironmentUniversity Mustapha Stambouli of MascaraMascaraAlgeria
  2. 2.University Mustapha Stambouli of MascaraMascaraAlgeria
  3. 3.Laboratory of Water and EnvironmentUniversity of SaidaSaidaAlgeria
  4. 4.Laboratory of Sciences and Water TechniquesUniversity Mustapha Stambouli of MascaraMascaraAlgeria

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