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001-es BibID:BIBFORM102406
Első szerző:Ebhuoma Osadolor
Cím:Soil Erosion Vulnerability Mapping in Selected Rural Communities of uThukela Catchment, South Africa, Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process / Osadolor Ebhuoma, Michael Gebreslasie, Njoya Silas Ngetar, Kwanele Phinzi, Shwarnali Bhattacharjee
ISSN:2509-9426 2509-9434
Megjegyzések:Soil erosion remains one of the main causes of land degradation, affecting many countries across the globe including South Africa. In rural communities with much reliance on agriculture, soil erosion is an important threat to food security. Therefore, mapping erosion-prone areas is an essential step towards adopting appropriate erosion mitigation and soil conservation measures. The objectives of this study were to (i) assess and model soil erosion vulnerability based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) approach in Hoffenthal and KwaMaye communities within the uThukela Catchment, South Africa; and (ii) identify the relevant sustainable interventions and remedial strategies to combat soil erosion in the study area. The AHP was employed to map soil erosion vulnerability and derive the percentage weights of geo-environmental parameters contributing to soil erosion: rainfall, slope, drainage density, soil type, vegetation cover, and land use/land cover. The AHP model showed that slope, vegetation cover, and rainfall had the most considerable influence on soil erosion with factor weights of 29, 23, and 18%, respectively, in the study area. Further, this study revealed that high-risk soil erosion areas occupy 21% of the total study area, while very high-risk areas are about 14%, and the east and central areas are most vulnerable to soil erosion. Validation of the AHP model (overall accuracy = 85%; kappa coefficient = 0.70) results suggests that the predictive capacity of the model was satisfactory. Therefore, the developed soil erosion vulnerability model can serve as an important planning tool to prioritize areas for soil conservation and erosion management approaches like sustainable agriculture and bioengineering interventions.
Tárgyszavak:Természettudományok Földtudományok idegen nyelvű folyóiratközlemény külföldi lapban
Megjelenés:Earth Systems and Environment. - Epub (2022), p. 1-14. -
További szerzők:Gebreslasie, Michael Ngetar Njoya Silas Phinzi, Kwanele (1989-) Bhattacharjee, Shwarnali
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