Method Factsheet - Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RULSE)

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) is an empirical erosion model recognised as a standard method to calculate the average risk of erosion on arable land. It developed from the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) developed in the US Department of Agriculture and has other similar variants such as the Modified USLE (MUSLE) and ABAG (Allgemeine Bodenabtragsgleichung = 'General Soil Loss' in German). As all these models use similar algorithms and produce comparable results, we focus on RUSLE here. The method is efficient in terms of costs for data provision, model parameterisation and modelling. The results of the RUSLE model can also be coupled with the SITE land use model.

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