Finding Simplicity in Storm Erosivity Modelling

  • Nazzareno DiodatoEmail author
  • Giuseppe Aronica
Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 39)


Precipitation variability and extremes have always been part of the Earth’s climate system, though they can manifest in many ways, both spatially and temporally. The chapter explores quantitative concepts of rainfall (storm) erosivity useful for soil erosion monitoring as well as for hydrological extreme events assessment. In this way, a review of the storms erosivity models was done in order to account indicators of climatic changes on both spatial and temporal domains. Most models here summarized were run to estimate erosivity for specific time aggregation levels (from event to multidecadal). For erosion modelling, it would be also preferable to be able to calculate an estimated erosivity value for a particular site. However, different parameterisation options were given in the chapter for accounting of the geographical location effects. The purpose of this chapter was to synthesize and stimulate new research on important issues in climatology, geomorphology, and agricultural engineering, and to provide an intensive and comprehensive review of current modelling and practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Met European Research ObservatoryBeneventoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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