(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Evaluating restoration of man-made slopes: a threshold approach balancing vegetation and rill erosion

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Fac. of Engineering and Built Environment, School of Engineering, Univ., Newcastle, AUSTRALIE
(2) Dep. de Física Matemática y de Fluidos, Univ. de Educación a distancia, Madrid, ESPAGNE
(3) Dep. de Agricultura y Economía Agrícola, Escuela Politécnica, Univ. de Zaragoza, Huesca, ESPAGNE
(4) Centro de Investigación Forestal, Inst. nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (CIFOR-INIA), Madrid, ESPAGNE
(5) Dep. de Ecología, Univ. de Alcalá, Fac. de Ciencias, Alcalá de Henares, ESPAGNE


This work describes a new modelling approach focused on stability analysis of water-limited reclaimed slopes, where interactive relationships between rill erosion and vegetation regulate ecosystem stability. The framework reproduces 2 main groups of possible trends along the temporal evolution of reclaimed slopes : successful trends, characterized by widespread vegetation development and the effective control of rill erosion processes; and gullying trends, characterized by the progressive loss of vegetation and a sharp logistic increase in erosion rates. Furthermore, this analytical approach allows the determination of threshold values for the state variables (i.e. vegetation cover and rill erosion) that drive the system's stability, facilitating the identification of critical situations that require specific human intervention (revegetation) : case study of the Teruel coalfield in central-eastern Spain


Article of periodic

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

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

Millesime : 2011, vol. 36, no10 [pp. 1367-1377]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 3 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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