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Table 9 External factor’s matrix for opportunities and threats

From: Strategic spatial analysis of urban greenbelt plans in Mashhad city, Iran

No. External factors Weight Status quo value Score
  Opportunities
1  O1. Potential of proper horticulture to support food and fruit plantation 0.10 1.0 0.10
2  O2. Having a proper pattern to covers around the city against sprawl expansion 0.30 3.0 0.90
3  O3. Potential of a great zone of carbon sequestration zone to reduce CO2 emissions 0.30 3.0 0.90
   Sum 0.70   1.90
  Threats
1  T1. Possible environmental impacts of recreational and tourism activities 0.05 1.0 0.05
2  T2. Extreme effect on financial investments due to its large area 0.10 4.0 0.40
3  T3. Extreme effect on shifting leapfrog sprawl expansion outward the city 0.15 2.0 0.30
   Sum 0.30   0.75
  Total sum 1.00   2.65