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Modelling the effect of forest cover on shallow landslides at the river basin scale

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Bathurst, J. C., Bovolo, C. I., & Cisneros, F. 2010. "Modelling the effect of forest cover on shallow landslides at the river basin scale" Ecological Engineering, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 317-327.

Contact Info

Corresponding author:


  • School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
  • Universidad de Cuenca, Cuenca, Programa para el Manejo de Agua y Suelo (PROMAS), Department of Water and Soil Resources Engineering, Avenida 12 de abril S/N, Cuenca, Ecuador


Science Direct

Available free of cost from Isabella Bovolo, University of Newcastle


  • This study analyzes soil models that can be used to help predict soil erosion – useful to prioritize reforestation areas of a watershed.
  • The researchers tested the models in a river basin in Ecuador. They collected field data for soil moisture / matric potential, depth, and rainfall. Vegetation (overland flow resistance coefficient) and root cohesion data were derived from the literature, as was the evapotranspiration rate.
  • The model prediction was compared with the measured discharge – they found that the model predicted some parts of the actual flow (but they only had a year of actual data to use).  
  • Conclude that the model could be refined in terms of root cohesion (the model held this constant but in the field it is actually quite variable) and slope stability (they recommend including multiple dimensions of slope movement)  

Geographical Region

  • Andean Region
  • General
  • Ecosystems

  • General
  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Ecuador
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