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PESERA: improved biophysical process descriptions Print

The PESERA model was originally developed for Pan-European Soil Erosion Risk Assessment in an EU-funded (FP5) project.


The model has been extended to capture the role of specific biophysical processes that are found in the DESIRE study sites. In general these include

  • grazing,
  • fire,
  • wind erosion.


The model has also been extended for a number of particular mitigation and remediation measures that have been proposed by the study sites as managment strategies including

  • mulching and/or maintaining ground cover vegetation within tree crops,
  • retention of crop residues as litter layer at harvesting of arable and other crops,
  • irrigation and water harvesting for croplands,
  • invasion and clearance of unpalatable species,
  • terracing and strip cropping,
  • nitrogen budgeting and rotations.


Finally, the expertise of other DESIRE partners has allowed extension in areas of

  • mass movements,
  • data collection calibration against reservoir data.


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WP5.2 Improved process descriptions in the PESERA model

WP5.2 Improved process descriptions in the PESERA model [0.32MB]


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