(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Rain splash soil erosion estimation in the presence of rock fragments

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

JOMAA S. (1) ; BARRY D.A. (1) ; BROVELLI A. (1) ; HENG B.C.P. (2) ; SANDER G.C. (3) ; PARLANGE J.-Y. (4) ; ROSE C.W. (5) ;
(1) lab. de technologie écologique, Inst. d'ingéniérie de l'environnement naturel, architectural et construit (ENAC), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne, SUISSE
(2) Building Research Inst., Housing and development Board, SINGAPOUR
(3) Dep. of Civil and Building Engineering, Univ., Loughborough, ROYAUME-UNI
(4) Dep. of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornwell Univ., Ithaca, ETATS-UNIS
(5) Griffith School of Environment, Griffith Univ., Queensland, Nathan, AUSTRALIE


Rain splash soil erosion in the presence of rock fragments and different initial conditions was tested in laboratory flume experiments under controlled conditions. The aim of the experiments was to ascertain whether cumulative soil erosion is proportional to the area of soil exposed to raindrop detachment under the condition of constant and uniform precipitation. The results showed that this relationship was controlled to a smaller extent by the soil's initial moisture content, bulk density and soil surface characteristics. When the initial conditions were more complex, soil erosion was proportional to the area exposed only at steady state. It is concluded that for controlled conditions, soil erosion is proportional to surface area exposed, but for field data, erosion is not proportional to the area exposed to raindrops


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 92 [pp. 38-48]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 5 fig., 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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