ASSESSING RAINFALL EROSIVITY FROM MONTHLY PRECIPITATION DATA
Cs. HORVATH, Kinga Olga RÉTI, Gh. ROȘIAN
ABSTRACT. Assessing Rainfall Erosivity from Monthly Precipitation Data. Human induced soil degradation and erosion are between the biggest environmental challenges of the XXI century. It is estimated that the world's top soil could be eroded within the next 60 years. Here we estimated the soil erosion by water in the Transylvanian Plain by applying the RUSLE equation in combination with the modified version of Fournier index, which takes into account the monthly and yearly precipitations for estimating the rainfall erosivity. Using GIS we generated an erosivity map for The Transylvanian Plain and used it in further spatial analyses to evaluate soil erosion.
Keywords: rainfall erosivity, RUSLE, Modified Fournier Index, Transylvanian Plain