7. Misapplications and Misconceptions of Erosion Models

  1. R. P. C. Morgan2 and
  2. M. A. Nearing3
  1. G. Govers

Published Online: 5 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328455.ch7

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

Handbook of Erosion Modelling

How to Cite

Govers, G. (2010) Misapplications and Misconceptions 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.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, UK

  2. 3

    USDA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center, USA

Author Information

  1. Physical and Regional Geography Rese arch Group, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, GEO-Institute, Celestijnenlaan 200E, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190107

Online ISBN: 9781444328455



  • misapplications and misconceptions - of erosion models;
  • erosion model development, major paradigm shift - from so-called statistical or empirical models, to process-based models in 1980s;
  • present-day process-based erosion models - as WEPP and PESERA;
  • erosion models, misapplication and misconceptions - strongly related;
  • misapplications of soil erosion models;
  • classic example of model misapplication - inappropriate time scale, use of USLE at time-scales;
  • development of Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE);
  • soil redistribution integrative measures - and information about intensity of soil redistribution rates;
  • erosion response of larger catchment - not only controlled by amount of rill and inter-rill erosion;
  • soils, part of ecosystems - providing services to human society


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Misapplications of Soil Erosion Models

  • Misconceptions About Erosion Models

  • Conclusions

  • References