Study on Topsoil Erosion Indices for Efficient Topsoil Management

효율적 표토 관리를 위한 표토침식지표 연구

  • Received : 2015.06.15
  • Accepted : 2015.09.11
  • Published : 2015.09.30


The existing standard for soil erosion risk assessment has limitations in sustainable topsoil management since the fixed criteria are applied to determination of soil erosion risk areas regardless of land use types. It may not be necessary to apply soil erosion best management practices to agricultural areas with high potential of soil erosion because human or economic damage derived from soil erosion might be tiny in that region. Furthermore, the fixed criterion with absolute values can select too many hot spots of soil erosion to conduct efficient soil erosion management. Thus, objective of this study was to suggest the relative criteria using statistical analysis for efficient soil erosion management. In future, the relative indices for soil erosion prevention should be improved to provide a priority of soil erosion management considering economic damage from soil erosion or functional values of soil with quantitative soil erosion. Additional researches will be needed to reflect a regional characteristics and to consider various land use types and different criteria.


Absolute criteria;Relative criteria;Soil erosion;Topsoil;Topsoil erosion indices;Topsoil management


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