Water Quality: Soil Erosion

Authored by: Andreas Klik

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120046390

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Abstract

Influenced by human activities, soil erosion potential by wind and water increased in many parts of the world and has become a major threat to the resource that is soil. This has affected the stability of agricultural ecosystems and has also had negative impacts not only on the soil but also on water resources. The objectives of this entry are to demonstrate the impacts of soil erosion on the quality of surface water and groundwater bodies, to present simulation models and indicators for assessing the risk and status of impairment, and to describe mitigation measures for soil and water conservation.

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