EGU2020-863, updated on 13 Jan 2022
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Evaluation of changes in soil erosion rates in Andalucia between 1990 and 2018

Filippo Milazzo, Tom Vanwalleghem, Pilar Fernández, Rebollo, and Jesus Fernández-Habas
Filippo Milazzo et al.
  • Universidad De Còrdoba, Agronomy, Spain (

Land use and land management changes impact significantly on soil erosion rates. The Mediterranean, and in particular Southern Spain, has been affected by important shifts in the last decades. This area is currently identified as a hotspot for soil erosion by water. In the effort to achieve the SDG Target 15, we aim to show the effect of land management change, assessing soil erosion rate based on historical data. We analyzed the evolution of land use from historical aerial photographs between 1990 and 2018. We then calculated soil erosion with RUSLE. For this, we first determined the distribution frequency of cover-management factors for each land use class, comparing current land use maps with the European Soil Erosion Map (Panagos et al., 2015). Past C factors where then assigned using a Monte Carlo approach, based on the obtained frequency distributions. 

How to cite: Milazzo, F., Vanwalleghem, T., Fernández, Rebollo, P., and Fernández-Habas, J.: Evaluation of changes in soil erosion rates in Andalucia between 1990 and 2018, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-863,, 2020.


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