(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Effect of vegetation cover on soil erosion in a mountainous watershed

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

ZHOU P. (1) ; LUUKKANEN O. (2) ; TOKOLA T. (3 4) ; NIEMINEN J. (3) ;
(1) College of Resources and Environment, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry Univ., Shaanxi, CHINE
(2) Viikki Tropical Resources Inst., Dept. of Forest Ecology, Univ., Helsinki, SUEDE
(3) Dept. of Forest Resource Management, Univ., Helsinki, SUEDE
(4) Fac. of Forestry, Univ., Joensuu, FINLANDE


The study area is located in the Upper Min River (UMR) watershed, in Sichuan province, Southwest China. The AA. applied the Revised Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) to assess levels of soil loss in a Geographic Information System (GIS). They used the k-NN technique to estimate vegetation cover by integrating Landsat ETM+ scenes and field data with optimal parameters. They evaluated the root mean square errors and significance of biases at the pixel level in order to determine the optimal parameters. The AA. used a regression equation to calculate the cover management (C) factor of the RUSLE from vegetation cover data. On the basis of the quantitative model of soil erosion, they explored the relationship between soil loss and its influencing factors, and identified areas at high erosion risk. The k-NN technique provides a new method to estimate the C-factor for RUSLE erosion mapping. The quantitative model of different vegetation cover scenario provides information on how vegetation restoration could reduce erosion


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 75, no3 [pp. 319-325]

Bibliographic references : 35 ref.

Collation : 4 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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