Document Type : Original Articles


Department of Environmental Planning and Management, Faculty of Environment , University of Tehran


This research is an attempt to develop a new method for studying the Urban Environmental Carrying Capacity with the aim of considering the process of monitoring and controlling of ecosystem health in the urban planning and management strategies.A new method was developed to address the waste production's spatial indicators to determine Degree of Carrying Capacity (DCC) in metropolitan Areas. The method was then examined in Tehran zones (Districts) for the year (2003).The results show that in 35 Districts (30%), The final Degree of Carrying Capacity of waste production's indicators is Critical (DCC=5) , in 23 Districts (20%) is very high to Critical (DCC=4-5), ,in 48 Districts (42%) it is from medium to high(DCC=2-4) and in 9 Districts (8%) it is from low to medium (DCC=1-2) .None of the Districts has optimal Degree of Carrying Capacity.