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Soil Erosion Research Methods

2nd Edition

By Soil and Water Conservation Society (U. S.), R. Lal

CRC Press

352 pages

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This new edition of Soil Erosion Research Methods retains the themes and layout of the first edition. However, most chapters have been revised and some additional chapters have been added. There are new chapters on modeling wind and water erosion. Extensive revisions and updating have been done in chapters dealing with assessment of erosivity and erodibility, erosion, crop productivity, measuring sediment yield from river basins and field plot techniques. There is extensive updating of current statistics on the global magnitude of soil erosion by water and wind and on denudation rates. Several new authors have made significant improvements in revising and updating available information.


"The second edition of Soil Erosion Research Methods is a result of the enthusiastic reception of the first edition by soil erosion researchers around the world. This new version is a response to the continued and growing need to promote the use of appropriate methodology to evaluate soil erosion."

Ildefonso Pla Sentis, Chairman of Subcommission C of the ISSS

Table of Contents

1. Soil Erosion by Wind and Water: Problems and Prospects, R. Lal

The Need for Improved Data

Data Extrapolation

Standardization of Methodology and Data Reliability

Record Duration and Data Continuity

Toward Standardization of Research Methods

2. Laboratory and Field Plots for Erosion Research, C. K. Mutchler, C. E. Murphree, and K. C. McGregor

The Project Outline

The Soil Erosion Process

Small Plots


3. Measuring Sediment Yield from River Basins, D. E. Walling


Reliability of Existing Sediment Yield Data

Designing Sediment Yield Monitoring Programs

Additional Sources of Information on Sediment Yields

4. Rainfall Simulators for Soil Erosion Research, L. D. Meyer

Characteristics of Rainfall Simulators

Types of Rainfall Simulators

Personnel Requirements and Related Equipment

Rainfall Simulators: Asset or Burden?

5. The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, K. G. Renard, J. M. Laflen, and D. K. McCool



L- and S-factor



Comparison of RUSLE and USLE


6. Modeling Soil Erosion, M. A. Nearing, L. J. Lane, and V. L. Lopes

Mechanics of Erosion by Water

Development of a Physically-Based Erosion Model

Model Analysis

Modeling on Watershed Scales

Integrated Systems for Water Erosion Prediction

7. Research Progress on Soil Erosion Processes and a Basis for Soil Conservation Practices, C. W. Rose

Types and Objectives of Soil Erosion Models

Basic Approach to Sediment Erosion and Transport

Erosion/Deposition Process Model

A Simplified Erosion Process Model

The Effect of Plot Length on Soil Loss per Unit Area

Effect of Surface Contact Cover and Slope on Soil Loss

8. Erodibility and Erosivity, R. Lal and W. Elliot

Soil Erosion Process

Soil Erodibility


9. Assessing Vegetative Cover and Management Effects, M. A. Stocking

How Vegetative Cover and Management Work

Key Areas in Crop Cover and Management Research


10. Monitoring the Impact of Soil Erosion on Crop Productivity, F. J. Pierce and R. Lal

The Need for Erosion-Productivity Research

Approaches to the Problem

Toward a Minimum Data Set

The Erosion-Productivity MDS

Model Building and Validation

Summary and Conclusions

11. Wind Erosion, E. L. Skidmore

Soil Erodibility by Wind

Wind Erosivity

Ridge Roughness

Field Length

Vegetative Factor

A Wind Erosion Model

Management Effects


12. Methods for Investigating Basic Processes and Conditions Affecting Wind Erosion, E. L. Skidmore, L. J. Hagen, D. V. Armbrust, A. A. Durar, D. W. Fryrear, K. N. Potter, L. E. Wagner, T. M. Zobeck

Wind Databases and Simulation

Particle Detachment and Transport

Aggregate Stability

Dry Aggregate Size Distribution

Surface Roughness: Shelter Angle Distribution

Surface Roughness: Digitization of Pin Meter Photos

Surface Crusting

Loose Surface Particles

Soil Wetness

Canopy Structure

Field Scale Wind Erosion Measurement


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General