(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Aeolian sediment mass fluxes on a sandy soil in Central Patagonia

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

STERK G. (1) ; PARIGIANI J. (2) ; CITTADINI E. (3) ; PETERS P. (4) ; SCHOLBERG J. (5) ; PERI P. (6) ;
(1) Dep. of Physical Geography, Fac. of Geosciences, Univ., Utrecht, PAYS-BAS
(2) Green Resources Ltd, Mafinga, TANZANIE, REPUBLIQUE-UNIE DE
(4) Land Degradation & Development, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS
(5) Biological Farming Systems, Univ., Wageningen, PAYS-BAS


The aim of this study was to quantify windblown mass transport on a sandy soil in Central Patagonia. Aeolian mass fluxes were measured in the valley of Sarmiento (Chubut province, Argentina) using 2 saltiphones and 24 Modified Wilson and Cooke (MWAC) sediment catchers. Nine windstorms were recorded throughout the experimental period. An artificial windbreak reduced the soil loss by 51% on average in a cherry orchard. Measured maximum mass transport values were used to fit 5 sediment transport equations in order to select the best equation to integrate into a GIS-based wind erosion prediction system. It is shown that overgrazing and agricultural activities increase wind erosion risk in Patagonia


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

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

Millesime : 2012, vol. 95 [pp. 112-123]

Bibliographic references : 50 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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