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Research article
26 Oct 2016
Research article |  | 26 Oct 2016

Regionalization of monthly rainfall erosivity patterns in Switzerland

Simon Schmidt, Christine Alewell, Panos Panagos, and Katrin Meusburger

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We present novel research on the seasonal dynamics of the impact of rainfall (R-factor) on the mobilization of topsoil as soil erosion by water for Switzerland. A modeling approach was chosen that enables the dynamical mapping of the R-factor. Based on the maps and modeling results, we could investigate the spatial and temporal distribution of that factor, which is high for Switzerland. With these results, agronomists can introduce selective erosion control measures.