Title: New Insights into the Geography and Modelling of Wind Erosion in the European Agricultural Land. Application of a Spatially Explicit Indicator of Land Susceptibility to Wind Erosion
Authors: BORRELLI PASQUALEPANAGOS PanagiotisMONTANARELLA Luca
Citation: SUSTAINABILITY vol. 7 no. 7 p. 8823-8836
Publisher: MDPI AG
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC95233
ISSN: 2071-1050
URI: http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/7/7/8823
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC95233
DOI: 10.3390/su7078823
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The current state of the art in erosion research does not provide answers about the ‘where’ and ‘when’ of wind erosion in European agricultural lands. Questions about the implications for the agricultural productivity remain unanswered. Tackling this research gap, the study provides a more comprehensive understanding of the spatial patterns of land susceptibility to wind erosion in European agricultural lands. The Index of Land Susceptibility to Wind Erosion (ILSWE) was introduced in a GIS environment. A harmonised input dataset ranked following a fuzzy logic technique was employed. Within the 36 European countries under investigation, moderate (17.3 million ha) and high levels (8.8 million ha) of land susceptibility to wind erosion were predicted. This corresponds to 8.0% and 4.1 % of total agricultural land, respectively.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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