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10 July 2015 Using historic soil survey data to map water erosion hazard for land-use planning in Nova Scotia
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Keys, K., Sterling, S. M. and Guan, Y. 2015. Using historic soil survey data to map water erosion hazard for land-use planning in Nova Scotia. Can. J. Soil Sci. 95: 299-304. A fine-scale digital soil map layer for Nova Scotia was combined with historic soil survey information and digital elevation (DEM) data to generate a new water erosion hazard map based on inherent soil erodibility and slope class. Results showed approximately 62% of Nova Scotia has low erosion hazard, 33% has moderate hazard, and 5% has high hazard. The erosion hazard map was subsequently used in a provincial watershed assessment program (NSWAP) to map potential water quality stressors related to land-use patterns on erodible soils. This work is an example of how historic soil survey data can be utilized to create new information for land-use planning and environmental assessment.

Kevin Keys, Shannon M. Sterling, and Yue Guan "Using historic soil survey data to map water erosion hazard for land-use planning in Nova Scotia," Canadian Journal of Soil Science 95(3), 299-304, (10 July 2015). https://doi.org/10.1139/CJSS-2014-113
Received: 4 December 2014; Accepted: 1 April 2015; Published: 10 July 2015
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