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Application and sensitivity analysis of process‐based erosion model GUEST
- MISRA, R.K., ROSE, C.W.
- European journal of soil science 1996 v.47 no.4 pp. 593-604
- conservation practices, erodibility, land use, rain, runoff, sediment deposition, sediments, soil erosion, soil erosion models, soil strength, temporal variation, topographic slope
- As long‐term measurement of erosion is expensive, models are required to predict spatial and temporal variation in erosion accurately for various land uses and to develop suitable practices for soil conservation. Details of the steady‐state, process‐based erosion model GUEST are presented with emphasis on the behaviour and sensitivity of the model to a fundamental erodibility parameter J. The model is developed to interpret temporal fluctuation in sediment concentration from bare soil in single erosion events. It incorporates the simultaneous effects of rainfall and runoff and of deposition on sediment concentration. An example of its application to temporal variation in sediment concentration for varying slopes and soil strengths show reasonable agreement between the measured data and the limits of sediment concentration predicted by the model. Sensitivity analysis indicated the model to be most sensitive to land slope and a defined sediment characteristic called depositability, but not as sensitive to frequency and dimensions of rills.