The methodology for conducting this Study is composed of the following:
Ancillary tools and materials preparation represented in aerial photographs, topographic maps, thematic maps, GIS software, etc.
Identification of study area based on specified criteria.
Socioeconomic status investigation of communities adjacent to the identified areas.
Mapping unit delineation, based on topography, which are composed of hillcrests, slopes, footslopes and drainage depressions.
Terrain characteristics identification of each mapping unit in terms of steepness, aspect, rockoutcrop and climate.
Limiting factors matrix construction: since many factors determine the land suitability for reclamation, a matrix for these factors was constructed by giving a weight for each factor.
Identifying land suitable for reclamation, forestry and rangeland based on physical features characterization and on socio-economic status of surrounding communities.
Application of the aforementioned analysis at the Governorate level.
Preparation of the land suitability maps for reclamation, forests and rangelands uses.