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The Road Map to Classify the Potential Risk of Wind Erosion

Faculty of Agrisciences, Mendel University in Brno, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Research Institute for Soil and Water Conservation, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, 616 67 Brno, Czech Republic
The State Land Office, Husinecká 1024/11a, 130 00 Žižkov, Czech Republic
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Academic Editors: Wolfgang Kainz, Hamid Reza Pourghasemi and John P. Tiefenbacher
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(4), 269;
Received: 12 March 2021 / Revised: 11 April 2021 / Accepted: 19 April 2021 / Published: 20 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multi-Hazard Spatial Modelling and Mapping)
Environmental degradation, for example, by wind erosion, is a serious global problem. Despite the enormous research on this topic, complex methods considering all relevant factors remain unpublished. The main intent of our paper is to develop a methodological road map to identify key soil–climatic conditions that make soil vulnerable to wind and demonstrate the road map in a case study using a relevant data source. Potential wind erosion (PWE) results from soil erosivity and climate erosivity. Soil erosivity directly reflects the wind-erodible fraction and indirectly reflects the soil-crust factor, vegetation-cover factor and surface-roughness factor. The climatic erosivity directly reflects the drought in the surface layer, erosive wind occurrence and clay soil-specific winter regime, making these soils vulnerable to wind erosion. The novelty of our method lies in the following: (1) all relevant soil–climatic data of wind erosion are combined; (2) different soil types “sand” and “clay” are evaluated simultaneously with respect to the different mechanisms of wind erosion; and (3) a methodological road map enables its application for various conditions. Based on our method, it is possible to set threshold values that, when exceeded, trigger landscape adjustments, more detailed in situ measurements or indicate the need for specific management. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind gust; soil moisture; soil texture wind gust; soil moisture; soil texture
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Středová, H.; Podhrázská, J.; Chuchma, F.; Středa, T.; Kučera, J.; Fukalová, P.; Blecha, M. The Road Map to Classify the Potential Risk of Wind Erosion. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 269.

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Středová H, Podhrázská J, Chuchma F, Středa T, Kučera J, Fukalová P, Blecha M. The Road Map to Classify the Potential Risk of Wind Erosion. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(4):269.

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Středová, Hana; Podhrázská, Jana; Chuchma, Filip; Středa, Tomáš; Kučera, Josef; Fukalová, Petra; Blecha, Martin. 2021. "The Road Map to Classify the Potential Risk of Wind Erosion" ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 10, no. 4: 269.

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