An evaluation approach for livable urban environments

Abstract

This study proposes a method for evaluating livable urban environments using the analytic hierarchy process, a survey of public opinions (n=1,075), and gray relational analysis with a pollutant standards index to estimate the weights of weather, air pollution, and environment aspects and each respective factor. This study investigates the positive or negative correlation of these factors and their effects on livable environment. A value of 100 was designated as the perfect living condition. Results show that the weights of weather, air pollution, and environment aspects were 0.288, 0.395, and 0.317, respectively. The weight ranges of three weather factors, five air pollution factors, and ten environmental factors were 0.311-0.358, 0.191-205, and 0.081-0.116, respectively. The monthly livable index of 28 districts in Taichung City and of 20 cities/counties in Taiwan ranged from 81.1 to 92.4 and from 83.1 to 90.8 in different months, respectively, showing that environmental aspect played a key role. These results demonstrate that the proposed method can provide a quantification index of living conditions in each region, thereby establishing the governmental improvement policy firmly. This study also presents a discussion on improvement strategies, especially on the apportionment rate of governmental construction funds for livable urban environments.

Author

Chiang, C. L. Liang, J. J.

Journal

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int, 2013

Keywords

*Air Pollution, Cities, Data Collection, *Environment, Humans, *Models, Theoretical, Public Opinion,

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23370852