(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2008)

Document title

Modelling increased soil cohesion due to roots with EUROSEM

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

DE BAETS S. (1) ; TORRI D. (2) ; POESEN J. (1) ; SALVADOR M.P. (2) ; MEERSMANS J. (3) ;
(1) Physical and Regional Geography, K.Univ., Leuven, BELGIQUE
(2) Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Ist. Di Ricerca Per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Sesto Fiorentino, ITALIE
(3) Dept. de Géologie et de Géographie, Univ. Catholique, Louvain-la-Neuve, FRANCE


This paper aims at contributing to a better prediction of the root effects on soil erosion rates in the EUROSEM model. The approach for incorporating the root effects into this model is based on a comparison of measured soil detachment rates for bare and for root-permeated topsoil samples with predicted erosion rates under the same flow conditions using the erosion equation of EUROSEM. Through backwards calculation, transport capacity efficiencies and corresponding soil cohesion values can be assessed for bare and root-permeated topsoils respectively. A scenario analysis shows that the contribution of roots to soil cohesion is very important for preventing soil loss and reducing runoff volume


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2008, vol. 33, no13 [pp. 1948-1963]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 5 fig., 6 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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