Variations of measured and simulated soil-loss amounts in a semiarid area in Turkey

Hacisalihoglu S.

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.165, pp.255-262, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 165
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-009-0942-5
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.255-262
  • Keywords: Soil loss, Land-use types, Slope classes, USLE, LAND-USE, EROSION, RUNOFF
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The main goal of this research was soil-loss determination and comparison of the plot measurement results with simulation model (universal soil loss equation (USLE)) results in different land use and slope classes. The research took place in three different land-use types (Scotch pine forest, pasture land, and agricultural land) and in two different slope classes (15-20%, 35-40%). Within six measurement stations (for each land-use type and slope class-one station), totally 18 measurement plots have been constituted, and soil-loss amount measurements have been investigated during the research period (3 years along). USLE simulation model is used in these measurement plots for calculation the soil-loss amounts. The results pointed out that measured (in plots) and simulated (with USLE) soil-loss amounts differ significantly in each land-use type and slope class.