Erosion and suspended sediment transfer in river catchments: Environmental controls, processes and problems

Jamie Woodward, Ian Foster

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    Abstract

    This article discusses some of the environmental problems caused by soil erosion and suspended sediment transfer in a range of environments across the world The principal controls on water erosion and global patterns of sediment yield are briefly outlined and a series of examples are used to highlight the nature of fine sediment transfer and storage in river catchments. Land use change may trigger large increases in soil erosion and declines in soil fertility. Major economic losses may follow as downstream pollution and sedimentation problems intensify. Some of these major on-site and off-site soil loss problems are a matter of worldwide concern. Suspended sediment concentration is an important water quality parameter and good quality data on suspended sediment fluxes are vital for tbe sustainable management of river catchments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)353-376
    Number of pages24
    JournalGeography
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    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997

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