17. The Future Role of Information Technology in Erosion Modelling

  1. R. P. C. Morgan3 and
  2. M. A. Nearing4
  1. D. P. Guertin1 and
  2. D. C. Goodrich2

Published Online: 5 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328455.ch17

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

How to Cite

Guertin, D. P. and Goodrich, D. C. (2010) The Future Role of Information Technology in Erosion Modelling, in Handbook of Erosion Modelling (eds R. P. C. Morgan and M. A. Nearing), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328455.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 3

    National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, UK

  2. 4

    USDA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Landscape Studies Program, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA

  2. 2

    USDA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center, 2000 East Allen Road, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 JAN 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190107

Online ISBN: 9781444328455



  • future role of information technology - in erosion modelling;
  • predicting soil erosion, common practice in natural resource management - for assessing effects of management practices and control techniques on soil productivity;
  • user-friendly decision support system (DSS) - assisting different professional or stakeholder groups to develop;
  • client/server systems, based on generic client/server architecture in network design;
  • distributed computing techniques, as Remote Procedure Calls (RPCs) - or database connectivity techniques as Open Database Connectivity (ODBC);
  • Direct Access (Direct Read) - applications, allowing users to view erosion modeling, results directly using a web browser;
  • US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - a website with maps (in Adobe Portable Document Format) and charts developed using National Resource Inventory (NRI) data;
  • erosion model applications;
  • Pan European Soil Erosion Estimates Map Server - interactive application, user to navigate in Pan European Soil Erosion Estimates (PESERA) map and data;
  • WEPP-GIS application - how future Internet-based applications develop


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Characterization of an Internet Application

  • Advantages of Internet-based Applications

  • Issues Related to Internet-based Applications

  • Examples of Internet Applications

  • Example of an Internet-Based Application

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References