USLE K-Factor Method Selection for a Tropical Catchment

Valter Marques, Marcos Ceddia, Mauro Antunes, Daniel Carvalho, Jamil Anache, Dulce Rodrigues, Paulo Oliveira
2019 Sustainability  
The use of the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) and the Sediment Delivery Ratio (SDR) facilitates sediment yield (SY) estimates in watersheds. However, the soil loss predictions are frequently unrealistic because of the methods used to estimate the USLE's factors. Here, we evaluated the performance of methods to estimate the soil erodibility (K-factor) and the influence of its estimation in the SY predictions. K-factor values were obtained from three widely used equations and using a
more » ... rainfall simulator. These values were used to compute annual average soil loss and SY in a tropical watershed. We compared SY estimates with a 15-month observed sediment discharge dataset sampled in the catchment outlet. The most reliable method for the K-factor estimating was the USLE nomograph. Furthermore, our results indicate that the use of a portable rainfall simulator to estimate the K-factor tends to underestimate soil loss and sediment delivery.
doi:10.3390/su11071840 fatcat:uq3l75bqkrd5hkzrjamrayn7da