Cover and management factors for the Universal Soil-Loss equation for forest ecosystems in the Marmara region, Turkey


Ozhan S., Balci A., Ozyuvaci N., Hizal A., Gokbulak F. , Serengil Y.

FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, cilt.214, ss.118-123, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 214
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.foreco.2005.03.050
  • Dergi Adı: FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.118-123

Özet

The Universal Soil-Loss Equation (USLE) predicts annual soil loss from agricultural uplands under specified land use and management conditions. Recently, some attempts have been made to apply USLE to forest lands in Turkey. This regional application of USLE and its reliability should be tested against measured data, especially for forest ecosystems. Our objective was to compute the cropping management (C) and the support practice (P) factors of the equation together in a single numerical value as a cover and management factor (CP) for forest and pseudo-maqui ecosystems using the local watershed and plot experiments carried out in the vicinity of Istanbul. CP factors were computed using known (rainfall erosivity factor, R) and estimated numerical values of other factors (average annual soil loss, A; soil-crodibility factor, K; combined slope-length and slope-steepness factor, LS). The CP factors were found to be 0.021 for old-growth oak-beech forest ecosystem in watershed-I and pseudo-maqui ecosystem and 0.011 for forest ecosystem in watershed-II. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
The Universal Soil-Loss Equation (USLE) predicts annual soil loss from agricultural uplands under speci?ed land use and
management conditions. Recently, some attempts have been made to apply USLE to forest lands in Turkey. This regional
application of USLE and its reliability should be tested against measured data, especially for forest ecosystems. Our objective
was to compute the cropping management (C) and the support practice (P) factors of the equation together in a single numerical
value as a cover and management factor (CP) for forest and pseudo-maqui ecosystems using the local watershed and plot
experiments carried out in the vicinity of Istanbul. CP factors were computed using known (rainfall erosivity factor, R) and
estimated numerical values of other factors (average annual soil loss, A; soil-erodibility factor, K; combined slope-length and
slope-steepness factor, LS). The CP factors were found to be 0.021 for old-growth oak-beech forest ecosystem in watershed-I
and pseudo-maqui ecosystem and 0.011 for forest ecosystem in watershed-II.