Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6059–6086, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-6059-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 6059–6086, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-6059-2018

Review article 27 Nov 2018

Review article | 27 Nov 2018

A review of the (Revised) Universal Soil Loss Equation ((R)USLE): with a view to increasing its global applicability and improving soil loss estimates

Rubianca Benavidez et al.

Data sets

Global Assessment of Human-Induced Soil Degradation (http://data.isric.org/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search#/metadata/9e84c15e-cb46-45e2-9126-1ca38bd5cd22) E. Bridges and L. Oldeman https://doi.org/10.1080/089030699263212

250 m MODIS Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, Collection 4 M. L. Carroll, C. M. DiMiceli, R. A. Sohlberg, and J. R. G. Townshend http://glcf.umd.edu/data/ndvi/

Rainfall erosivity in Europe (https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/content/rainfall-erosivity-european-union-and-switzerland) P. Panagos, C. Ballabio, P. Borrelli, K. Meusburger, A. Klik, S. Rousseva, and C. Alewell https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.01.008

Global rainfall erosivity assessment based on high-temporal resolution rainfall records (https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/content/global-rainfall-erosivity) P. Panagos, P. Borrelli, K. Meusburger, B. Yu, A. Klik, K. Jae Lim, and C. Ballabio https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-04282-8

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies https://data.giss.nasa.gov/landuse/ndvi.html

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Short summary
Soil erosion is a global problem and models identify vulnerable areas for management. One such model is the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation. We review its different sub-factors and compile studies and equations that modified it for local conditions. The limitations of RUSLE include its data requirements and exclusion of gullying and landslides. Future directions include accounting for these erosion types. This paper serves as a reference for others working with RUSLE and related approaches.