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Prof. T. Hikmet Karakoc
Anadolu University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Turkey

IJET 2012 Vol.4(5): 645-648 ISSN: 1793-8236
DOI: 10.7763/IJET.2012.V4.452

Natural Land Patterns Suitable for Wind Farms Placement in Eastern Romania. Case Study: the Padureni – Husi Area

Madalina Dana Pohrib and Lilian Niacsu

Abstract—The interest in obtaining electric energy from ecological sources has intensified in Romania since 1990. In the hilly area of Moldavian Plateau, Eastern Romania, the wind farms represent the most important ecological energy type and thus the necessity to identify the local natural patterns suitable for their placement appears. Using GIS techniques, this paper aims to automatically identify the suitable lands for wind farm placement by integrating the main landscape conditions. The outcome map shows that the fluvial divide ridges present the best conditions on over 330 ha. These stable areas are covered in a proportion of over 60% with arable lands and pastures and present very good road accessibility. Similar to the case of forests and constructed land use types, it is more difficult to change the use category. The agricultural terrains on these fluvial divides and, in a smaller proportion, on some slopes can become a viable solution for a superior economic exploitation of the terrains in this area.

Index Terms—Geomorphological conditions, natural land suitability, GIS, wind farms

M.-D. Pohrib is with the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University, Iasi, Romania (e-mail: madalinapohrib@yahoo.com).
L. Niacsu is with the Department of Geography, Faculty of Geography and Geology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Blvd. Carol I, 20A, 700505, Iasi, Romania (e-mail: lilianniacsu@yahoo.com).


Cite: Madalina Dana Pohrib and Lilian Niacsu, "Natural Land Patterns Suitable for Wind Farms Placement in Eastern Romania. Case Study: the Padureni – Husi Area," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 645-648, 2012.

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