Determination of soil erosion in a steep hill slope with different land-use types: A case study in Mertesdorf (Ruwertal/Germany)

Hacisalihoglu S.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY, vol.28, no.2, pp.433-438, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.433-438
  • Keywords: soil erosion, land use, vineyard, ABAG, USLE
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Inappropriate land use is one of the main reasons for soil erosion and land degradation. Vine growing plays an important role in many semiarid regions all over the world as a permanent plant cover in terms of preventing erosion, sustainable use of land and water resources, defense against desertification and settling population in rural areas. In this paper, in a steep hill slope of the village Mertesdorf (Ruwertal/Germany), Algemeine boden abtrags gleichung (ABAG) have been applied to determine and compare the soil erosion amounts between the different land use types such as vine growing, forest lands, grasslands, shrubs and new forestations. The results show that the soil erosion amounts differs in a high ratio between the land use types. Soil Erosion amounts in the vine growing areas are the highest (6.47 t/ha/year), then comes with 1.19 t/ha/year the over grazed grasslands and the lowest erosion amounts have been determined, as expected, in the forest lands (0.66 t/ha/year).