Title: An assessment of the global impact of 21st century land use change on soil erosion
Authors: BORRELLI PASQUALEROBINSON DAVIDFLEISCHER LARISSALUGATO EMANUELEBALLABIO CRISTIANOALEWELL CHRISTINEMEUSBURGER KATRINMODUGNO SIRIOSCHUTT BRIGITTAFERRO VITOVINCENZO BAGARELLOVAN OOST K.MONTANARELLA LUCAPANAGOS PANAGIOTIS
Citation: NATURE COMMUNICATIONS vol. 8 p. 2013
Publisher: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC107016
ISSN: 2041-1723
URI: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-02142-7
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC107016
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-02142-7
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Human activity and related land use change are the primary cause of accelerated soil erosion, which has substantial implications for nutrient and carbon cycling, land productivity and in turn, worldwide socio-economic conditions. Here we present an unprecedentedly high resolution (250 x 250m) global potential soil erosion model, using a combination of remote sensing, GIS modelling and census data. We challenge the previous annual soil erosion reference values as our estimate, of 35.9 Pg yr-1 of soil eroded in 2012, is at least two times lower. Moreover, we estimate the spatial and temporal effects of land use change between 2001 and 2012 and the potential offset of the global application of conservation practices. Our findings indicate a potential overall increase in global soil erosion driven by cropland expansion. The greatest increases are predicted to occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. The least developed economies have been found to experience the highest estimates of soil erosion rates.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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