### Abstract

The USLE-MM is a rainfall erosion model which predicts soil loss using an erosivity index which is given by the Q_{R}EI_{30} index to a power > 1.0. In the USLE modelling environment, soil erodibility is defined as the soil loss per unit quantity of the erosivity index. With the USLE-MM model where event soil loss = K_{UMM} (Q_{R}EI_{30})^{b1}, using K_{UMM} as the erodibility factor does not conform with the requirement that the erodibility factor has units that are consistent between soils and locations. The alternative is to use the model event soil loss = K_{UM} a1 (Q_{R}EI_{30})^{b1} where K_{UM} is determined from dividing the total amount of soil loss from a large number of events by the total value of Q_{R}EI_{30} associated with those events because this model isolates the soil erodibility effect from the effect of b1 on K_{UMM}. The effect of b1 on a1 is demonstrated in this paper for bare fallow plots at 15 locations in the USA and plots at Sparacia, Sicily.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 424-426 |

Number of pages | 3 |

Journal | Catena |

Volume | 163 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1 Apr 2018 |

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*Catena*,

*163*, 424-426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2018.01.008