(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Natural and anthropogenic controls on soil erosion in the Internal Betic Cordillera (southeast Spain)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BELLIN N. (1) ; VANACKER V. (1) ; VAN WESEMAEL B. (1) ; SOLÉ-BENET A. (2) ; BAKKER M.M. (3) ;
(1) Earth and Life Inst., Georges Lemaîte Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM), U.C., Louvain, BELGIQUE
(2) Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, Consejo Sup. de Investigaciones Científicas, Almería, ESPAGNE
(3) Land Dynamics Group, Landscape Centre, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS


In this study, area-specific sediment yields (SSY) have been estimated based on the volume of sediment trapped behind 36 check dams in the southeast of Spain. SSY variability could be explained for 67% by catchment characteristics such as drainage area, soil characteristics, land cover, average catchment slope, and annual rainfall. The low SSY values reported are probably caused by the agricultural abandonment that occurred over the past decades and allowed the recovery of natural vegetation. Furthermore, the results suggest that the soils have eroded in the past to such an extent that nowadays not much sediment is detached by overland flow due to residual enrichment of clay and stones. Also, sediment is to a large extent trapped locally in the catchment, as indicated by the negative relationship between SSY and catchment area


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2011, vol. 87, no2 [pp. 190-200]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 6 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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