Effects of climate change on the soil erosion risk in alpine areas

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This study uses the RUSLE model to predict soil erosion. The Universal Soil Loss Equation (in one of its different versions i.e. USLE, RUSLE) is the most common model for research on erosion. It was designed to be used on hilly terrains for agricultural purposes where sheet and rill erosion processes are prevailing. It is not designed for some of the other erosion processes of alpine areas as, for example, debris flows. More advanced models as WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) are used less as they lack the flexibility to be adapted to situations that have not been parameterized beforehand. USLE is the only model in which input data can be obtained in several ways (measurement, estimation, interpolation).

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