Special issue on “Rainfall simulation experiments with small scale simulators”

Thomas Iserloh
Trier University – Dpt. of Physical Geography 

Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Volume 57 Supplementary Issue 1

Rainfall simulation with small scale simulators is a method used worldwide to assess the generation of overland flow, soil erosion, infiltration and interrelated processes such as soil sealing, crusting, splash and redistribution of solids and solutes. The so produced data are of great significance not only for the analysis of the simulated processes, but also as a source of input-data for soil erosion modelling. The reliability of the produced data therefore is of paramount importance, and quality management of rainfall simulation procedure a general responsibility of the rainfall simulation-community. This was accepted within the “International Rainfall Simulator Workshop 2011” at Trier University.

The main outcomes of the workshop as well as state of the art contributions are presented in this supplement issue, edited by Johannes B. Ries and Thomas Iserloh.

The first paper reports constraints, needs and challenges for a future use of small scale simulators in soil erosion research, discussed and defined with the workshop participants. The second paper presents an experiment with seven different rainfall simulators from Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands on a prepared field in Trier to determine the influence of rainfall simulator type and plot dimensions on runoff and erosion. Additionally, 10 papers from participants were selected to give a general overview of research currently carried out with small scale simulators in various research fields including new important topics like in situ simulations of “wind-driven rain” and “rain on snow events”.

The challenges of the present and near future use of small scale rainfall simulations concern the comparability of results and scales, the quality of the data for soil erosion modelling, and further technical developments to overcome physical limitations and constraints. The maybe most important step to a modern quality management is already realised: the initiation of a collaborative community of competent scientists of 11 countries that participated in this project. With this large community further initiatives towards a standardisation of rainfall simulation and simulators can be discussed and coordinated.

You can find the special issue here: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/zfgs/2013/00000057/00000001.

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2 thoughts on “Special issue on “Rainfall simulation experiments with small scale simulators”

  1. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Many thanks|


    • Hi!

      I’ve checked it in IE and I do not see any problem. Although I usually use Mozilla or Chrome, I have not applied any special format.

      Thanks, however!


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