Assessing, measuring and modelling erosion in calanchi areas: A review

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Calanchi are erosion landforms characterised by a heavily dissected terrain with steep, unvegetated slopes and channels with a dendritic pattern, which rapidly incise and extend headwards. Recent literature focusing on badland systems highlights their similarity with other larger fluvial landforms, stating that these behave as a full size laboratory, due to their rapid development in space and time and to the diversity of geomorphic processes involved. In this paper, a brief review of the most important results on badland research is firstly presented. Then, the morphometric similarity between calanchi and other erosion landforms is discussed. Finally, models quantitatively relating the volume of sediments eroded from calanchi landforms and a set of geometric features of their tributary areas, by exploiting the dimensional analysis and the self-similarity theory, are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-190
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Agricultural Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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