Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in Water Erosion Assessment

DOI: 10.18805/ag.R-1968    | Article Id: R-1968 | Page : 116-123
Citation :- Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System in Water Erosion Assessment.Agricultural Reviews.2020.(41):116-123
Nirmal Kumar, S.K. Singh, G.P. Obi Reddy, V.N. Mishra, R.K. Bajpai
Address : Division of Remote Sensing Applications, ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, Nagpur- 440 033, Maharashtra, India. 
Submitted Date : 6-01-2020
Accepted Date : 15-05-2020


The aim of this review paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of geographical information system and remote sensing–based water erosion assessment. With multispectral and multi-temporal low cost data at various resolutions, remote sensing plays an important role for mapping the distribution and severity of water erosion and for modeling the risk and/or potential of soil loss. The ability of geographic information system to integrate spatial data of different types and sources makes its role unavoidable in water erosion assessment. The role of satellite data in identification of eroded lands and in providing inputs for erosion modeling has been discussed. The role of GIS in mapping eroded lands based on experts’ opinion, in generating spatial data inputs from sources other than remote sensing and in integrating the inputs to model the potential soil loss has been discussed.


AHP CORINE Erosion risk Multi criteria decision analysis RUSLE


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