RUSLE soil erosion model structure

Figure Created 25 Oct 2016 Last modified 18 Nov 2016
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The RUSLE is an empirical model that calculates long-term average annual soil loss due to sheet and rill erosion. The model considers six main factors controlling soil erosion: the erosivity of the eroding agents (water), the erodibility of the soil (including stoniness), the slope length and slope steepness of the land, the land cover and management (or human practices designed to control erosion).

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The soil erosion indicator is comprised of two sub-indicators. The first one is a cell-based map that estimates the rate of soil erosion by water in tonnes per hectare per year for cells of 100 by 100 m for the EU. The second one is a cell-based map that estimates the wind erosion rates in tonnes per hectare per year for cells of c. 1 by 1 km for EU Member States. Both indicators are predicted estimates rather than actual values. 

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