Articles | Volume 23, issue 4
Research article
03 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 03 Apr 2019

Rain erosivity map for Germany derived from contiguous radar rain data

Karl Auerswald, Franziska K. Fischer, Tanja Winterrath, and Robert Brandhuber

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Radar rain data enable for the first time portraying the erosivity pattern with high spatial and temporal resolution. This allowed quantification of erosivity in Germany with unprecedented detail. Compared to previous estimates, erosivity has strongly increased and its seasonal distribution has changed, presumably due to climate change. As a consequence, erosion for some crops is 4 times higher than previously estimated.