WIT Press


Gully Erosion Risk In Hungary

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/RISK120071

Volume

44

Pages

10

Page Range

67 - 76

Published

2012

Size

832 kb

Author(s)

Á. Kertész, G. Jakab & A. Őrsi

Abstract

In Hungary more than one-third of agricultural land is affected by water erosion; 16% by wind erosion. The role of gully erosion has been recognized only lately. The main factor of gully erosion risk is soil parent material, i.e. unconsolidated sediments, mainly loess covering two thirds of the country area. The objective of the paper is to review the environmental factors of gully erosion risk based on a country-wide survey and cadastre of the areas endangered by gully erosion. Five pilot areas were selected to study the effects of various environmental conditions in detail. The results include statements on the possible natural and anthropogenic causes of gully initiation and development and risk assessments for the future. The main conclusion is that land use planning should ensure a minimum risk of gully erosion with special emphasis on afforestation. Keywords: gully erosion, analysis of spatial data, map analysis, land use.

Keywords

Keywords: gully erosion, analysis of spatial data, map analysis, land use