3. Calibration of Erosion Models

  1. R. P. C. Morgan3 and
  2. M. A. Nearing4
  1. V. G. Jetten1 and
  2. M. P. Maneta2

Published Online: 5 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328455.ch3

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

How to Cite

Jetten, V. G. and Maneta, M. P. (2010) Calibration of Erosion Models, in Handbook of Erosion Modelling (eds R. P. C. Morgan and M. A. Nearing), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328455.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, UK

  2. 4

    USDA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Earth Systems Analysis, International Institute of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation, Hengelosestraat 99, P O Box 6, 7500 AA, Enschede, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Geosciences Department, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive #1296, Missoula, MT 59812, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190107

Online ISBN: 9781444328455



  • erosion model calibration;
  • calibration and erosion model improvement - focus of model users and model builders;
  • modeling purpose, closely dictating - exactly what one is calibrating;
  • model acronyms and references;
  • calibration aims, improving predictive quality and fitness - for use of erosion models;
  • erosion models, compared and tested - in orchestrated way, using datasets for calibration and validation;
  • calibration of catchment-scale models;
  • GCTE catchment model comparison test;
  • calibration examples, based on automatic parameter estimation;
  • calibration of models, on different spatial and temporal scales - objectives, different for each scale


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Calibration at Different Scales

  • Sensitivity of Process Models

  • Calibration Examples Based on Automatic Parameter Estimation

  • Spatial Calibration of Erosion Patterns

  • Conclusions

  • References