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The Slope Association Type as a Comparative Index for the Evaluation of Environmental Risks

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Eberswalder Str. 84, 15374 Müncheberg, Germany
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Water 2021, 13(23), 3333; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13233333
Received: 24 September 2021 / Revised: 4 November 2021 / Accepted: 19 November 2021 / Published: 24 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effect of Soil Erosion on the Water Environment)
The topography is one of the determining site characteristics, of which the slope inclination is significant for natural science aspects, including the estimation of water erosion risk and as a criterion for agricultural subsidies. The slopes within an area vary greatly and occupy very different proportions of the area. Algorithms that take this heterogeneity into account were developed in the 1970s with the medium-scale agricultural site mapping (MMK). It also contains the slope association types (SAT, in German: “Hangneigungsflächentyp”), which classifies different slopes and summarizes them as one value per reference area. The SAT can be used across various scales and different targets. Applicability is given to soil and water conservation tasks, administrative tasks as field selection or agricultural subsidies, and over a wide range of scales from small catchments areas to whole landscape analyses. Thus, one value on an area basis characterizes an important topographic factor. View Full-Text
Keywords: slope; slope association type; erosion risk; mapping slope; slope association type; erosion risk; mapping
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Deumlich, D.; Völker, L.; Funk, R.; Koch, T. The Slope Association Type as a Comparative Index for the Evaluation of Environmental Risks. Water 2021, 13, 3333. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13233333

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