Fuzzy Analysis for Modeling Regional Delineation and Development: The Case of the Sardinian Mining Geopark

Authors


Germana Manca, Department of Geography and GeoInformation Sciences, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA. E-mail: gmanca@gmu.edu.

Abstract

Although defining geographic regions for analysis can be a complex exercise, involving both physical and human geographic perspectives, employing both qualitative and quantitative data, and integrating a wide range of social, economic, and political factors, it is frequently a necessary exercise in the pursuit of regional development. This article presents a method for modeling and delineating regions with fuzzy analysis for the purpose of regional development. A review of the literature regarding fuzzy analysis is provided, which demonstrates that this method is both novel and necessary. An application of this method is described in the context of the Sardinian Geopark. The fuzzy clustering analysis demonstrates how combinations of factors can inform decisions regarding where and how to initiate or continue regional development efforts. Suggestions for improvements and extensions to this process are provided.

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