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Adapting the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model for forest applications

Author(s): Shuhui Dun, Joan Q. Wu, William J. Elliot, Peter R. Robichaud, Dennis C. Flanagan, James R. Frankenberger, Robert E. Brown, Arthur C. Xu
Year Published: 2009

There has been an increasing public concern over forest stream pollution by excessive sedimentation due to natural or human disturbances. Adequate erosion simulation tools are needed for sound management of forest resources. The Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) watershed model has proved useful in forest applications where Hortonian flow is the major form of runoff, such as modeling erosion from roads, harvested units, and burned areas by wildfire or prescribed fire. Nevertheless, when used for modeling water flow and sediment discharge from natural forest watersheds where subsurface flow is dominant, WEPP (v2004.7) underestimates these quantities, in particular, the water flow at the watershed outlet.

Citation: Dun, Shuhui; Wu, Joan Q.; Elliot, William J.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Flanagan, Dennis C.; Frankenberger, James R.; Brown, Robert E.; Xu, Arthur C. 2009. Adapting the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model for forest applications. Journal of Hydrology. 366(1-4): 46-54.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Soils, Water
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 11423
FRAMES RCS number: 7299
Record updated: Jun 30, 2016