Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
Solid Earth, 6, 1247–1257, 2015
Solid Earth, 6, 1247–1257, 2015

Research article 30 Nov 2015

Research article | 30 Nov 2015

Identification of areas vulnerable to soil erosion risk in India using GIS methods

H. Biswas et al.

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The paper presents a simple and novel approach to prioritize districts (or subregions) of a state (or region) for implementing soil conservation measures through computation of weighted soil erosion risk (WSER), by deducting soil loss tolerance limit values from soil erosion rates. WSER values obtained for the districts of Telangana state, India, led us to identify Adilabad, Warangal, and Khammam as the districts calling for the urgent attention of policymakers for natural resource conservation.