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Analysis Of Environmental Thresholds For Runoff And Erosion Through Qualitative Reasoning Methods

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECO010261

Volume

46

Pages

10

Published

2001

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1,096 kb

Copyright

WIT Press

Author(s)

C.G. Vallejo, F. Rodríguez, S. Bautista & J.C. Riquelme

Abstract

Analysis of environmental thresholds for runoff and erosion through qualitative reasoning methods C.G. Vallejo', F Rodriguez*, S. Bautista*& JC Riquelme' *Dpto. de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informdticos, Facultad de Informdtica y Estadistica, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. ^Dpto. de Andlisis Matemdtico y Matemdtica Aplicada, Universidad de Alicante, Spain. *Dpto. de Ecologia, Universidad de Alicante; and CEAM (Centra de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterrdneo), Spain. Abstract Qualitative reasoning methods have proven useful to extract qualitative information from quantitative data in a wide variety of applications. In this work, we analysed a 30 months record of runoff and sediment yield from an experimental station in Benidorm, SE Spain, comprising a total of 104 rainfall events. We adopted a decision-tree approach to identify the environmental variables, basically rainfall characteristics, which were the most informative to predict the production of runoff or sediment and, for thes

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