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dc.contributorKlik, Andreasen_US
dc.contributorOweis, Theiben_US
dc.contributorStrohmeier, Stefanen_US
dc.creatorAddis, Hailu Kendieen_US
dc.identifier.citationHailu Kendie Addis, Andreas Klik, Theib Oweis, Stefan Strohmeier. (28/6/2016). Linking Selected Soil Properties to Land Use and Hillslope – A Watershed Case Study in the Ethiopian Highlands. Soil & Water Research, 11 (3), pp. 163-171.en_US
dc.description.abstractDeforestation of native forests for crop production in the Gumara-Maksegnit watershed, located in the Lake Tana basin, Ethiopia, dramatically increases the vulnerability of the soil for rainfall driven erosion. Hence, the central task of the study is to investigate general links of land-use and topography related to selected soil prop- erties. The 53.7 km2 watershed was divided into a 500 × 500 m square grid to sample bulk density (ρd), pH, soil organic carbon (SOC), total nitrogen (TN), available phosphorus (AP), and texture of topsoil. Such properties were investigated with respect to the two main land-uses, forest and agriculture, and three different slope steep- ness classes, 0–10%, 10–30%, > 30%. Descriptive statistics and correlation analyses were undertaken to explore potential dependencies of the obtained soil parameters according to land-use and slope steepness. The study indicates higher SOC, TN, silt and sand content in forest soils compared to agricultural soils, while solely ρd is lower in the forest soil. Overall increases of SOC, TN, silt, and sand content from the gentle to the steep slopes have been observed for both land-uses. In contrast, clay content and ρd seem to increase from steep to gentle slopes on agricultural areas, which might be due to accumulation of particularly fine soil particles eroded from the steep areas. Basic correlations valid for all land-uses and slope steepness classes have not been detected. Nevertheless, the study suggests slope steepness as a tool to assess the potential drivers of soil depletion in the Ethiopian Highlands.en_US
dc.publisherCzech Academy of Agricultural Sciencesen_US
dc.sourceSoil & Water Research;11,(2016) Pagination 163-171en_US
dc.subjectsoil attributesen_US
dc.subjectagricultural watersheden_US
dc.subjectslope steepnessen_US
dc.titleLinking Selected Soil Properties to Land Use and Hillslope – A Watershed Case Study in the Ethiopian Highlandsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idOweis, Theib: 0000-0002-2003-4852en_US
cg.creator.idStrohmeier, Stefan: 0000-0003-0723-5964en_US
cg.subject.agrovocsoil erosionen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Center for Development Research - BOKU - CDRen_US
cg.contributor.centerAmhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute - ARARIen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems - WLEen_US
cg.contributor.funderAustrian Development Agency - ADAen_US
cg.contributor.projectReducing land degradation and farmers’ vulnerability to climate change in the highland dry areas of north-western Ethiopiaen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionEastern Africaen_US
cg.coverage.geolocationLatitude: 12.407965977165732; Longitude: 37.40112215280533en_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
mel.funder.grant#Austrian Development Agency - ADA :Korr/185-PP/2012en_US
cg.journalSoil & Water Researchen_US

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