APPLICATION OF AN IMPROVED VERSION OF THE EROSION POTENTIAL METHOD IN ALPINE AREAS — IJEGE
 
 
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APPLICATION OF AN IMPROVED VERSION OF THE EROSION POTENTIAL METHOD IN ALPINE AREAS



Abstract:
The assessment of erosive processes is of great importance in environmental engineering, resource management and land planning. In this paper the empirical approach known as Erosion Potential Method (EPM) was improved to simplify the identification of the involved parameters. In addition, EPM suitability for alpine watersheds, where the average yearly temperature may be below 0°C, was discussed. The advantages of distributed approaches rather than lumped methodologies were tested. EPM was then implemented in a distributed form for a set of 31 catchments located in Alta Valtellina (Northern Italy) in order to capture the spatial variability of the parameters and the intensity of the erosion processes. The results obtained for these catchments were positively compared to long-term sedimentation data from three reservoirs and from a turbidimetric station.

Authors:
Luca Milanesi - Università degli Studi di Brescia - DICATAM - Via Branze, 43 - 25123 Brescia, Italy
Marco Pilotti - Università degli Studi di Brescia - DICATAM - Via Branze, 43 - 25123 Brescia, Italy
Alberto Clerici - Università degli Studi di Brescia - DICATAM - Via Branze, 43 - 25123 Brescia, Italy
Zoran Gavrilovic - Institute for the Development of Water Resources “Jaroslav Černi” - Jaroslava Černog 80 - 11226 Beograd, Serbia
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