Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Research article
29 Feb 2012
Research article |  | 29 Feb 2012

Analysis of earthquake parameters to generate hazard maps by integrating AHP and GIS for Küçükçekmece region

T. Erden and H. Karaman

Abstract. Definition of an earthquake includes parameters with respect to region of interest. Each of those parameters has different weights on the earthquake ground motion and effect. This study examines the weight of common parameters that have an influence on the effects of earthquakes. The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) is used for factor weighting of each parameter and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used for simulating the results of the AHP on a spatial environment. In this study, it is aimed to generate a hierarchical structure of the model for the simulation of an earthquake hazard map (EHM). The parameters of the EHM, which are selected by the criterion of non-correlated factors, are: topography, distance to epicenter, soil classification, liquefaction, and fault/focal mechanism. As a result of the study, weights of the parameters that affect the earthquake ground motion at the study area are determined and compared with a selected attenuation relation map.