May, Linda and Place, Chris
A GIS-based model of soil erosion and transport.
Freshwater Forum, 23,
Soil erosion is a natural process that occurs when the force of wind, raindrops or running water on the soil surface exceeds the cohesive forces that bind the soil together. In general, vegetation cover protects the soil from the effects of these erosive forces. However, land management activities such as ploughing, burning or heavy grazing may disturb this protective layer, exposing the underlying soil. The decision making process in rural catchment management is often supported by the predictive modelling of soil erosion and sediment transport processes within the catchment, using established techniques such as the Universal Soil Loss Equation [USLE] and the Agricultural Nonpoint Source pollution model [AGNPS]. In this article, the authors examine the range of erosion models currently available and describe the application of one of these to the Burrishoole catchment on the north-west coast of Ireland, which has suffered heavy erosion of blanket peat in recent years.
||A GIS-based model of soil erosion and transport
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||Freshwater Biological Association
||Modelling; Models; Soil erosion; Soil conservation; Catchment area; Ireland; Burrishoole River
Hardy B Schwamm
||27 Dec 2010 18:36
||29 Sep 2011 16:03
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