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RUSLE

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) predicts long-term, average-annual erosion by water for a broad range of farming, conservation, mining, construction, and forestry uses.


The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) is an update to Agricultural Handbook No. 537, containing a computer program to facilitate the calculations. RUSLE also includes the analysis of research data that were unavailable when Agricultural Handbook 537 was completed. Although the original Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) has been retained in RUSLE, the technology for factor evaluation has been altered and new data have been introduced with which to evaluate the terms for specified conditions.

Both RUSLE1.06c and RUSLE2 were developed and are maintained principally by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the University of Tennessee.

RUSLE began development at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in the early 1990's. It is now maintained by the ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford Mississippi.

RUSLE2

RUSLE2 was developed cooperatively by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service
(ARS), the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science Department of the University of Tennessee. RUSLE2 is maintained by the ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory in Oxford Mississippi.

Official NRCS RUSLE2 Website

ARS RUSLE2 Website from ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory

University of Tennesee RUSLE2 Website


Last Modified: 2/2/2009
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