20. The Future of Soil Erosion Modelling

  1. R. P. C. Morgan2 and
  2. M. A. Nearing3
  1. M. A. Nearing3 and
  2. P. B. Hairsine1

Published Online: 5 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328455.ch20

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

How to Cite

Nearing, M. A. and Hairsine, P. B. (2010) The Future of Soil 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.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, UK

  2. 3

    USDA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    CSIRO Land and Water Division, G.P.O.Box 1666, Canberra 2601 Australian Capital Territory, Australia

  2. 3

    USDA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190107

Online ISBN: 9781444328455



  • future developments - future of soil erosion modelling;
  • project funded by European Union - developing, model called EUROSEM;
  • EUROSEM, single storm model - focusing on infiltration, runoff and erosion from individual storms, defining initial system conditions for storms;
  • Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model;
  • temporal variability, being one reason - why we need soil erosion models;
  • model builder, combining lines of evidence to assess and improve models;
  • applying and improving process-based erosion models - and EUROSEM, WEPP, LISEM;
  • model complexity, leading to increased prediction uncertainty;
  • first-order error (FOE) framework - visualizing error summation in models, as function of complexity;
  • uncertainty, playing a large role - in our thinking on erosion


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