Transactions of the ASABE
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Soil erodibility is a key factor for estimating soil erosion using physically based models. In this study, a new parameterization approach for estimating erodibility was developed for the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model (RHEM). The approach uses empirical equations that were developed by applying piecewise regression analysis to predict the differences of erodibility before and after disturbance (i.e., wildfire, prescribed fire, and tree encroachment) and across a wide range of soil textures as a function of vegetation cover and surface slope angle. The approach combines rain splash, sheet flow, and concentrated flow erodibilities into a single parameter for modeling erodibility in most cases. We evaluated the new approach for sites representing different degrees of disturbance associated with burning and tree encroachment. Our results show that the new erodibility approach in RHEM predicts erosion at the plot scale with a satisfactory range of error in all cases. The new approach extends the applications of RHEM to a greater scope of landscapes and soil texture.
Al-Hamdan, O.Z., F.B. Pierson, M.A. Nearing, C.J. Williams, M. Hernandez, J. Boll, S.K. Nouwakpo, M.A. Weltz and K.E. Spaeth. 2017. Developing a parameterization approach of soil erodibility for the Rangeland Hydrology and Erosion Model. Transactions of the ASABE. 60:85-94. DOI 10.13031/trans.11559