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Evaluation of MEUPS surface runoff into two watersheds of different morphopedological characteristics

Grant number: 12/23346-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2013
Effective date (End): December 31, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Physical Geography
Principal Investigator:Sergio dos Anjos Ferreira Pinto
Grantee:Antonio Aparecido Couto Júnior
Host Institution: Instituto de Geociências e Ciências Exatas (IGCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Rio Claro. Rio Claro , SP, Brazil


The understanding of the linkages between the natural elements is essential for promotion of land use, occupation and sustainable management of environmental systems. In this sense, the geotechnologies acquire great importance; in special because they support diagnostic works of environmental area conditions, focusing to subsidize the planning and the management of land resources. The Modified Universal Soil Loss Equation (MUSLE), as a predictive model of erosion, is important to allow the prevention of possible environmental impacts which may interfere in natural or anthropic environments drastically, as prevent potential financial wastes as well and even contribute to greater agricultural production efficiency. Among the MEUPS's considered factors, surface runoff interferes in the erosive dynamic of a watershed directly because it involves variables related to hydrological processes that occur on it. Some MEUPS's parameters are going to be quoted in this study, emphasizing surface runoff from watersheds Ribeirão Monjolo Grande (Ipeúna, SP - Brazil) and Ribeirão Jacutinga (Rio Claro, SP - Brazil). The attainment of these parameters are going to be guided by the use of geotechnologies, especially Geographic Information Systems (GIS), supported by secondary data and field visitations. (AU)

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