Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Research article
17 Jan 2012
Research article |  | 17 Jan 2012

GIS-based coastal area suitability assessment of geo-environmental factors in Laoshan district, Qingdao

C. Y. Ju, Y. G. Jia, H. X. Shan, C. W. Tang, and W. J. Ma

Abstract. With increasing urbanization, particularly in the coastal regions of developing countries, the development of disaster management schemes is needed as the losses from a single event can destroy decades of development and threaten local populations, buildings and infrastructure. Geo-environmental suitability is often evaluated systematically in order to assess the nature of hazards and their potential damage to human life, land, buildings and other property. A suitability assessment will indicate the priorities for geological and environmental hazard management. This paper presents a geological environment suitability assessment that aims to identify grading in a current seaside urban development and develop practices to aid in the identification of hidden geological and environmental hazards. The Laoshan area in the city of Qingdao was used as a case study because it constitutes a good example of a developing city with geological and environmental threats. Also, urban plans have been drawn up here with insufficient or absent information on losses from potential natural hazards.