Title: Wind Erosion Susceptibility of European Soils
Authors: BORRELLI PASQUALEBALLABIO CRISTIANOPANAGOS PanagiotisMONTANARELLA Luca
Citation: GEODERMA vol. 232–234 p. 471–478
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC89546
ISSN: 0016-7061
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016706114002389
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC89546
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.06.008
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection identified soil degradation caused by erosion as one of the major threats to European soils. A thorough literature review revealed important gaps in research on soil erosion processes in Europe. This is particularly true for wind erosion processes. The current state of the art in erosion research lacks knowledge about where and when wind erosion occurs in Europe, and the intensity of erosion that poses a threat to agricultural productivity. To gain a better understanding of the geographical distribution of wind erosion processes in Europe, we propose an integrated mapping approach to estimate soil susceptibility to wind erosion. The wind-erodible fraction of soil (EF) is one of the key parameters for estimating the susceptibility of soil to wind erosion. Itwas computed for 18,730 geo-referenced topsoil samples (fromthe Land Use/Land Cover Area frame statistical Survey (LUCAS) dataset). Our predication of the spatial distribution of the EF and a soil surface crust index drew on a series of related but independent covariates, using a digital soil mapping approach (Cubist-rule-based model to calculate the regression, and Multilevel B-Splines to spatially interpolate the Cubist residuals). The spatial interpolation showed a good performance with an overall R2 of 0.89 (in fitting). We observed the spatial patterns of the soils' susceptibility to wind erosion, in line with the state of the art in the literature.We used regional observations in Lower Saxony and Hungary to ensure the applicability of our approach. These regional control areas showed encouraging results, and indicated that the proposedmap may be suitable for national and regional investigations of spatial variability and analyses of soil susceptibility to wind erosion.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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