American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Landslide Susceptibility Assessment using Frequency Ratio Model Applied to an Area along the E-W Highway (Gerik-Jeli)

Tareq H. Mezughi, Juhari Mat Akhir, Abdul Ghani Rafek and Ibrahim Abdullah

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2011.43.50

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 1

Pages 43-50

Abstract

Problem statement: The study area is frequently subjected to landslides especially alongside the E-W high way. This study demonstrates the implementation of the Frequency Ratio (FR) model with the aid of GIS tool to assess the contribution of every predisposing factor on landslides and produce a landslide susceptibility map to the area. Approach: A landslide location map of the study area was prepared based on the interpretation of aerial photographs, previous landslide maps and field surveys. In addition, ten relevant thematic maps representing considered factors were extracted from the constructed spatial database. Slope gradient, slope aspect, elevation, distance to road and drainage density, all were calculated from the topographic database; lithology, strata dip map and foliation dip map were generated from the geologic database; lineament density was prepared from Landsat-7 (ETM+) satellite image; and a soil map was prepared from the soil database. Results: relationship between landslides and instability factors was statistically evaluated by frequency ratio analysis. The results suggested that distance to road, lineament density and slope gradient are the most important factors effecting landslides. Frequency ratio values were used to produce the Landslide Susceptibility Index (LSI) with which the study area was divided into five zones of relative landslide susceptibility. Conclusion: The results of the analysis have been validated by calculating the AUC which shows an accuracy of 88.31% in the case of success rate curve and 84.68 % in the case of the prediction rate curve, indicating a high quality susceptibility map obtained from the FR model. The map could be used by decision makers as basic information for slope management and land use planning.

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© 2011 Tareq H. Mezughi, Juhari Mat Akhir, Abdul Ghani Rafek and Ibrahim Abdullah. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.