(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

The nature of erosive rainfall on a tropical volcanic island with an elevated interior

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

NEL W. (1) ; MONGWA T. (1) ; SUMNER P.D. (2) ; ANDERSON R.L. (2) ; DHURMEA K.R. (3) ; BOODHOO Y. (3) ; BOOJHAWON R. (4) ; RUGHOOPUTH S.D.D.V. (4) ;
(1) Dep. of Geography and Environmental Science, Univ. of Fort Hare, Alice, AFRIQUE DU SUD
(2) Dep. of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, Univ., Pretoria, AFRIQUE DU SUD
(3) Mauritius Meteorological Services, Vacoas, MAURICE
(4) Fac. of Science, Univ., Reduit, MAURICE


On Mauritius, erosive storm events are found to differ markedly between the coastal lowlands and the elevated interior with regard to the frequency, the total rainfall generated, the duration, total kinetic energy, and total erosivity of individual events. However, mean kinetic energy, mean and maximum rainfall erosivity, and maximum intensities from individual erosive events do not show this distinct differentiation. Soil erosion risk occurs from storm-scale to synoptic-scale events, and extreme rainfall events generate the bulk of the erosivity. This paper also highlights that the use of rainfall records at an event scale in soil erosion risk assessments on tropical islands with a complex topography increases the effectiveness of erosivity estimates


Article of periodic

published at : Physical geography / ISSN 0272-3646

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1980)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 33, no3 [pp. 269-284]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 2 fig., 7 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 20106

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