Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Land Utilization Practices on Soil Losses

  • Pavol KenderessyEmail author
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This chapter presents results of a scenario-based simulation of soil loss on agricultural land. This method was used to simulate the soil loss under various stages of crop growth and management practices during the vegetation period. Scenarios were designed to capture the development of agricultural crops and related soil parameters throughout the year and the effect of soil erosion-control measures such as grassed waterways, buffer strips and size of plots. Soil loss was simulated using a physically based soil erosion simulation model Erosion 3D. This model was used to indicate the main areas of soil loss and to simulate the erosion rates before and after implementing soil conservation measures. Results showed that the applied practices can effectively reduce the rates of soil loss. They also confirm that simulation models such as Erosion 3D can provide the information needed for adequate localization and scaling of site-specific practices of soil conservation.


Soil Erosion Digital Elevation Model Return Period Soil Loss Erosion Risk 
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The publication of this chapter was supported by the project of Slovak Research and Development Agency APVV-0240-07 ‘Model of representative geosystems on local level’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia

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