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Modelling of Land Degradation Processes

Course dates:
Part 1: November 2022

Please check the course webpage for further information

Class size:
10 participants (number of participants is limited to ensure good mentoring during the practical tutorials)

Application details:
For application details please contact directly the course coordinatior under:


Coordinating university/institution:
University of Jena

SPACES project:SALDi

Target group:
Students and early-career researchers from southern Africa with interest in land degradation processes, especially soil erosion.

Course coordinator:
PD DR. J. Baade, University of Jena, TBA

Course lead:
PD Dr. J. Baade (Erosion assessment)

Course description:
The course aims at introducing participants to the soil erosion model USLE / RUSLE and (global) data sets usable as input data sources. Knowledge transfer will be based on online lectures, practical tutorials and self-guided tasks. Necessary input parameters as well as geodata preparation will be introduced and worked with. Within the course exemplary data will be provided and different land use scenarios and rainfall intensities will be simulated. In a final step the production of risk maps will be practiced.

Learning methods:
This course is composed of individual teaching units, including hands-on exercises

Expected Learning outcomes:
The courses will enable participants to get first insights into the USLE/RUSLE modelling systems and an overview of available input data. Potentially the course provides the foundation to start their own research with them.

Additional information:
For this course, participants need to provide their own computer. Experience with and access to a GIS (preferably ArcGIS) is a requirement for the practical tutorials.


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