Qualitative risk assessment of soil erosion for karst landforms in Chahe town, Southwest China: A hazard index approach
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AbstractAccelerated soil erosion, rocky desertification and land degradation are three major threats to sustainable agricultural and regional development in karst landscapes, especially in developing countries. Soil erosion mapping is indispensable for monitoring such environmental changes. In Chahe town, Guizhou, southwest China, the karst area has suffered severe soil erosion in the second half of the twentieth century. In order to understand the erosion situation and conduct risk evaluation, erosion factors such as rainfall, vegetation cover, slope, land cover and soil type were integrated by combining spatial data of four different years and using GIS and remote sensing (RS) techniques to evaluate and map erosion risks. The soil erosion hazard analysis indicates that an average of 42% of the study area was covered by the moderate erosion throughout the study period. Understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of accelerated erosion helps to identify appropriate mitigation measures, and suggests that remediation of the karst landscape is progressing slowly, with considerable potential for further recovery.
Acceptance Date09/05/2016
All Author(s) ListWei Huang, Hung Chak Ho, Yanya Peng, Lu Li
Journal nameCATENA
Volume Number144
Pages184 - 193
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsChahe town, Guizhou, Karst, Soil erosion, Rocky desertification, GIS and remote sensing, Soil erosion hazard mapping

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