The crop cover-management (C-) factor in arable landscapes describes the soil erosion susceptibility associated with seasonally cultivated crops. Previous informatic and computational limitations have led many modelling studies to prescribe C-factor values and assume spatial and temporal stationarity. However, the multiple influencing factors ranging from parcel-scale crop cultivation and management to regional-scale rainfall regimes motivates new methods to capture this variation when identifying at-risk areas. Here, we define a multi-component method to derive the C-factor by associating time series of canopy and residue surface cover from Sentinel-2 and climate-specific rainfall erosivity with Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) field parcel data from European Union member states. A scalable and standardised method is emphasised to increase the future interoperability and inter -comparability of soil erosion modelling studies deploying the C-factor. Additionally, field parcel simu-lation units with associated crop declarations provide a new reference scale to link predictions of soil erosion risk with specific management decisions and declarations by farmers. After implementing the method on a homogenised subsample of 8600 field parcels covering available IACS regions, several key findings are outlined: 1) time series information provides new opportunities to predict the time -criticality of erosion in specific crop cultivations, 2) the varying (a-)synchronicity between seasonal crop canopy cover and heavy rainstorms means that spatial variability is inherent within the C-factor across Europe, and 3) the addition of agricultural management practices (e.g. tillage practice de-scriptions) to open-access IACS repositories can facilitate more comprehensive evaluations of the C -factor and soil erosion risk. (c) 2022 International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation, China Water and Power Press, and China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research. Publishing services by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of KeAi Communications Co. Ltd.

Matthews, F., Verstraeten, G., Borrelli, P., Panagos, P. (2023). A field parcel-oriented approach to evaluate the crop cover-management factor and time-distributed erosion risk in Europe. INTERNATIONAL SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION RESEARCH, 11(1), 43-59 [10.1016/j.iswcr.2022.09.005].

A field parcel-oriented approach to evaluate the crop cover-management factor and time-distributed erosion risk in Europe

Borrelli P.;
2023-01-01

Abstract

The crop cover-management (C-) factor in arable landscapes describes the soil erosion susceptibility associated with seasonally cultivated crops. Previous informatic and computational limitations have led many modelling studies to prescribe C-factor values and assume spatial and temporal stationarity. However, the multiple influencing factors ranging from parcel-scale crop cultivation and management to regional-scale rainfall regimes motivates new methods to capture this variation when identifying at-risk areas. Here, we define a multi-component method to derive the C-factor by associating time series of canopy and residue surface cover from Sentinel-2 and climate-specific rainfall erosivity with Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) field parcel data from European Union member states. A scalable and standardised method is emphasised to increase the future interoperability and inter -comparability of soil erosion modelling studies deploying the C-factor. Additionally, field parcel simu-lation units with associated crop declarations provide a new reference scale to link predictions of soil erosion risk with specific management decisions and declarations by farmers. After implementing the method on a homogenised subsample of 8600 field parcels covering available IACS regions, several key findings are outlined: 1) time series information provides new opportunities to predict the time -criticality of erosion in specific crop cultivations, 2) the varying (a-)synchronicity between seasonal crop canopy cover and heavy rainstorms means that spatial variability is inherent within the C-factor across Europe, and 3) the addition of agricultural management practices (e.g. tillage practice de-scriptions) to open-access IACS repositories can facilitate more comprehensive evaluations of the C -factor and soil erosion risk. (c) 2022 International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation, China Water and Power Press, and China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research. Publishing services by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of KeAi Communications Co. Ltd.
2023
Matthews, F., Verstraeten, G., Borrelli, P., Panagos, P. (2023). A field parcel-oriented approach to evaluate the crop cover-management factor and time-distributed erosion risk in Europe. INTERNATIONAL SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION RESEARCH, 11(1), 43-59 [10.1016/j.iswcr.2022.09.005].
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