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River Basin Processes and Management Projects

Pan European Soil Erosion Risk Assessment - PESERA

PI: Gerard Govers (KU Leuven)

Co-I: Mike Kirkby (University of Leeds), Brian Irvine (University of Leeds)

Overview: Current soil erosion models are designed to assess erosion at high resolutions and are not suitable to develop regional soil conservation strategies. A physically based and spatially distributed model will be developed, calibrated and validated to quantify soil erosion in a nested strategy of focussing on environmentally sensitive areas relevant to European scale. Accurate databases will be compiled and upgraded through satellite image processing and computational techniques. The project will concentrate on promoting a robust and flexible model by demonstrating its performance at different resolutions and across agro-ecological zones, and by ensuring its relevance to policy makers through impact assessment and scenario analysis. A strong expert and end-user network will be established across Europe.

Start date: 1 April 2000

End date: 30 September 2003

Funder: EU Commission (FP5)

Grant reference: QLK5-CT-1999-01323