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Spacial and temporal erosion process evaluation using dendrogeomorphics techniques in Brazilian biomas: Amazonia Forest and Atlantic Forest

Grant number: 11/05304-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2011
Effective date (End): February 28, 2013
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Agronomy - Soil Science
Principal Investigator:Miguel Cooper
Grantee:Renata Cristina Bovi
Host Institution: Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Piracicaba , SP, Brazil


Soil erosion is a natural process of disintegration, decomposition, transport and deposition of material that has been acting on the earth since its beginning. Human action is accelerating this process and brings consequences such as loss of fertile land, water pollution, silting of streams and reservoirs, degradation and reduced productivity. Sustainable management depends primarily on soil conservation. The extent of soil erosion is essential to promote adequate use of soil and water.As an alternative to traditional methods to determine the erosion of soil,dendrogeomorphology is an important tool to determine erosion events by dating the age of the tree, which determines the magnitude of soil loss correlating with the chronology of geomorphological events, such as erosion and sedimentation. By analyzing the formation of growth rings that some tropical tree species present, it can becorrelate with the age of the individual erosive events.This research project through the use of studies dendrogeomorfológicos find records temporal and spatial events such as erosion and sedimentation that are of fundamental importance for the efficiency of conservation programs on soil quality and water. Such records are mapped to the recognition of the susceptibility of areas facing the human impacts resulting from poor land use. It also intends to survey the potential of tree species that have well-defined growth rings dendrogeomorfológicos for studies in the Atlantic Forest biome. (AU)

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BOVI, Renata Cristina. Spatial and temporal evaluation of erosion processes and dendrogeomorphology at an Atlantic Forest fragment in Piracicaba-SP. 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALA/BC) Piracicaba.

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