Modelling the impact of historic landscape change on soil erosion and degradation

F. Brandolini*, T.C. Kinnaird, A. Srivastava, S. Turner

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International policies and guidelines often highlight the divide between 'nature' and 'heritage' in landscape management, and the weakness of monodisciplinary approaches. This study argues that historic agricultural practices have played a key role in shaping today's landscapes, creating a heritage which affords opportunities for more sustainable landscape management. The paper develops a new interdisciplinary approach with particular reference to soil loss and degradation over the long term. It presents innovative methods for assessing and modelling how pre-industrial agricultural features can mitigate soil erosion risk in response to current environmental conditions. Landscape archaeology data presented through Historic Landscape Characterisation are integrated in a GIS-RUSLE model to illustrate the impact of varying historic land-uses on soil erosion. The resulting analyses could be used to inform strategies for sustainable land resource planning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4949
Number of pages16
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2023


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