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Evaluation of Accuracy and Efficiency of USLE and Some of Its Versions in Estimation of Storm-Wise Soil Erosion and Sediment Yield

Author(s): S.H Sadeghi | S.h Pourghasemi | M Mohamadi | H Agharazi

Journal: Journal of Science and Technology of Agriculture and Natural Resources
ISSN 1028-7655

Volume: 12;
Issue: 46;
Start page: 323;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Soil Erosion Models | Sediment yield | Storm-wise sediment | Erosion Plots | Dry land | Ploughed land | Rangeland | Makazi province.

The use of suitable empirical models for estimation of soil erosion and sediment yield is essential because of nonexistence or shortage of associated data in many watersheds. In the present study, the applicability of the USLE and its different versions Viz. MUSLE-S, AOF, MUSLT, MUSLE-E, USLE-M and AUSLE in estimation of storm-wise sediment yield from standard plots installed in dry farming, ploughed and rangeland treatments was evaluated. To conduct the study, the entire input data were collected from plots installed in three replicates in each treatment in Khosbijan Natural Resources Research Station in Arak Township. The models’ estimates were then compared with the observed sediment data for 12 storm events. Contrary to high correlation among different models’ estimates, the models used in estimation of measured sediment data were found inapplicable. However, significant relationship (r=94.4%) and non-significant relationship with correlation coefficients less than 50% were found between MUSLE-E, and MUSLE-S and MUSLE-E estimates and measured data in rangeland, dry farming and ploughed treatments, respectively.
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