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A Review of RUSLE Model

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Abstract

In this paper, we attempted to review the soil erosion studies conducted throughout the globe using Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE). We searched the SCI, Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar database and various theses for this study. Though RUSLE is the most widely used model for estimation of soil erosion, the factors, namely rainfall erosivity, soil erodibility, slope length and steepness, cover management and conservation practice; vary greatly over different climatic zones, soil properties, slope, land cover and crop phase, respectively. Depending upon those variations, researchers have developed various sets of equation for different factors of RUSLE. These equations can be useful to map soil loss for many places on this planet.

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Ghosal, K., Das Bhattacharya, S. A Review of RUSLE Model. J Indian Soc Remote Sens (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12524-019-01097-0

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Keywords

  • RUSLE for soil erosion
  • Rainfall erosivity factor (R)
  • Soil erodibility factor (K)
  • Slope length and steepness factor (LS)
  • Cover management factor (C)
  • Conservation practice factor (P)