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Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation
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Summary
Abstract: Research on soil erosion and its effect on agricultural productivity started in
1930s. During 1940 and 1956, research scientists began to develop a
quantitative procedure for estimating soil loss in the Corn Belt in the United
States. Several factors were introduced to an early soil loss equation, in
which slope and practice were primarily considered. It was recognized that a
soil loss equation could have a great value for farm planning and the Corn Belt
equation could be adapted for other regions. In 1946, a group of erosion
specialists held a workshop in Ohio to reappraise the factors previously used
and added a rainfall factor. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural
Research Service (ARS) established the National Runoff and Soil Loss Data
Center at Purdue University in 1954 to locate, assemble, and consolidate all
available data throughout the United States. More than 10,000 plot-years of
basic runoff and soil loss data were then collected from U.S. federal-state
cooperative research projects in 49 U.S. locations.

Based on the data assembled at the Data Center and previous studies,
Wischmeier, Smith, and others developed the Universal Soil Loss Equation
(USLE). An Agriculture Handbook (No. 537) describing USLE was published in 1965
and revised in 1978. With a widespread acceptance, USLE has become the major
conservation planning tool which is used in the United States and other
countries in the world.

With additional research, experiments, data, and resources become available,
research scientists continue to improve USLE, which led to the development of
Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE). RUSLE has the same formula as
USLE, but has several improvements in determining factors. These include some
new and revised isoerodent maps; a time-varying approach for soil erodibility
factor; a subfactor approach for evaluating the cover-management factor; a new
equation to reflect slope length and steepness; and new conservation-practice
values (Renard, et al., 1997). A new Agriculture Handbook (No. 703) which
describes RUSLE in great detail was published in 1997 by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture.

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Service Citation
Title: Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation
Provider: Michigan State University
URL: http://www.iwr.msu.edu/rusle/
ISO Topic Category
FARMING
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ECONOMY
ENVIRONMENT
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INLAND WATERS
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Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University

Service Provider Personnel
Name: DA OUYANG
Phone: (517)432-1189
Fax: (517)353-1812
Email: ouyangda at msu.edu
Contact Address:
Institute of Water Research
Michigan State University
115 Manly Miles Building
1405 S. Harrison Road
City: East Lansing
Province or State: MI
Postal Code: 48823-5243
Country: USA
Personnel
TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2003-10-06
SERF Last Revision Date: 2008-01-24
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