Soil Erosion Network: Monitoring Metadata
Central Belgium, 1981-85, Silty Loamy Soils, Arable, Water Erosion

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1 Contact person
1.1 Name Dr. Gerard Govers
1.2 Address Laboratory for Experimental Geomorphology, Redingenstraat 16, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
1.3 Tel +32 16 226920
1.4 Fax +32 16 293307
1.5 Email
1.6 Other researchers involved: No
2 Survey Details
2.1 Dates of erosion monitoring survey: 1981-1985
2.1 Water/wind erosion? Water
2.3 Area monitored: Central Belgium
2.4 Character of area: Hilly area with silty loamy soils, mainly arable land
2.5 Frequency of monitoring: Rill erosion rates were measured in the Spring (i.e. after the Winter season)
2.6 What fraction of fields in the monitored area were included in the survey? <1%
2.7 How were estimates of erosion made? Volumetric in case cements were made and converted to soil loss rates. Only rill erosion was measured. Spatial resolution of measurements was relatively high
2.8 Were air photographs used? No
2.9 For each erosion site, information recorded: Rill volume, topography, vegetation cover, surface state (degree of crusting), crop type.
Bulk density, soil shear strength, grain size distribution, aggregate stability, organic matter content of top soil


2.10 Data obtained from elsewhere:
2.11 Data calculated from above information: Soil loss rates.
2.12 Meterological station density and type: Daily precipitation values were available from KMI, Belgium on 3-5 stations (spaced ca. 20 km) in the area
2.13 Length of record of meterological data: 150 years
3. Associated Work
3.1 Associated experimental or plot-based work: Work on all development and interrill processes on the Muldenberg field site
3.2 Associated modelling work: Establishment of a statistical model describing the affect of topography, soil type and vegetation cover on rill development
4. Documentation
4.1 Published reports of the monitoring survey and/or results:
4.2 Other relevant publications:
Govers, G., 1987. Spatial and temporal variation in rill development processes at the Huldenberg experimental site. In: Rill erosion: Processes and significance, Bryan, R. (ed.), Catena Supplement 8, 17-34.

Govers, G., Poesen, J., 1988. Assessment of the interill and rill contributions to total soil loss from an upland field plot. Geomorphology 1, 343-354.

Govers, G., 1991. Rill erosion on arable land in Central Belgium: rates, controls and predictability. Catena 18, 133-155.

5. Availability
5.1 Erosion/land use data: Data on erosion and land use are available for use within the network
5.2 Meterological data: Available from KMI, Ukkel, Belgium
6. Other Information
6.1 Is the monitoring survey ongoing? No, at least not in this form
6.2 Funding agency for the survey: National Fund for Scientific Research, Belgium
6.3 Any other details:

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