Title

Soil Degradation and Altered Flood Risk as a Consequence of Deforestation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2013

Publication Title

Land Degradation and Development

Volume

24

Issue

5

First page number:

478

Last page number:

485

Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to analyze soil degradation and altered flood risks as a consequence of deforestation. The results showed that the use of fuelwood and competition for agriculture land are the main causes of deforestation, which leads to increased soil erosion and floods. The consequences and the societal risks from floods are quantified. This study indicates that the numbers of fatalities and mortality per river flood event are lower compared with those caused by flash floods.

Keywords

Climate change; Climatic changes; Climatology; Deforestation; Environment; Erosion; Flood risks; Floods; Fuelwood; Rwanda; Soil conservation; Soil erosion

Disciplines

Civil and Environmental Engineering | Earth Sciences | Environmental Engineering | Environmental Sciences | Soil Science

Language

English

Permissions

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Identifier

DOI: 10.1002/ldr.1147

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