Fuzzy logic for watershed assessment

D. Phillip Guertin, Reno H. Fiedler, Scott N. Miller, David C. Goodrich

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Watershed assessment requires techniques capable of synthesizing large quantities of spatial information. Fuzzy logic is one approach for addressing this problem. Geographic information systems (GIS) have the capacity to represent and integrate several levels of information on watershed characteristics and condition. Spatial analyses can show the relative condition of a watershed or delineate zones requiring different levels of protection related to a set of activities. One of the disadvantages of techniques commonly used in these analyses (e.g. Boolean, Weighted Index, Analytical Hierarchy Process) is that they do not include the uncertainty of a given factor or in the final results, which can be addressed with a fuzzy logic approach. With fuzzy logic a fuzzy membership function is defined for each environmental factor, which defines a region where the inclusion or exclusion of the factor is unclear. This paper briefly reviews the approach and application of fuzzy logic to the Riparian Restoration Ranking (R3) System on several montane watersheds in Arizona.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000
StatePublished - 2004
EventWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000 - Fort Collins, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2000Jun 24 2000

Publication series

NameWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000


OtherWatershed Management and Operations Management 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Collins, CO


  • Assessments
  • Fuzzy sets
  • Geographic information systems
  • Riparian waters
  • Watersheds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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