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C3S Soil Erosion Italy


Soil erosion comes with a range of negative consequences, from reducing agricultural yield to damaging buildings. Using data and tools from the C3S Climate Data Store (CDS), the Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC) has developed a dataset and two applications for investigating rainfall-induced soil erosion in Italy.

CMCC produced the ‘Soil erosion indicators for Italy from 1981 to 2080’ dataset by integrating CDS rainfall data with non-climate data to assess soil susceptibility to water erosion according to the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) approach. RUSLE is an empirical model of soil loss that accounts for soil susceptibility to erosion and rainfall erosivity.