Soil erosion and degradation research group

We research the process, the factors, the seasonal and spatial variability, and how to control the high erosion rates when the process is accelerated by the humans abuse of the soil resources.

Soil Erosion needs a broad and holistic approach to understand the process, measure the rates and monitor the mechanism.


The highest soil erosion rates are usually found in road and railways embankments. Assessment and restoration and rehabilitation is a challenge.

Forest Fires

Agriculture is the main cause of soil erosion in the Earth. Soil erosion is triggered by tillage, herbicide abuse, and compaction in Mediterranean orchards.

Road and Railway embankments

Forest fires remove the plant and litter cover, increase the ash cover  and induce high erosion rates.  But the vegetation recovers and ash disappear. The temporal and spatial changes of the soil erosion rates after the forest fires is a key scientific issue.

Soil Erosion Control

There is a need to restore the soil properties and functions, and for this we need to find the right managements to avoid the non-sustainable soil erosion rates.

  • PhD Artemi Cerdà

    PhD Artemi Cerdà

    Professor in Physical Geography

  • Ana Pérez Albarracín

    Ana Pérez Albarracín

    Social, economic and perception studies with expertise with the use of interviews to understand stakeholders’ opinions, views and perceptions in agricultural societies and landscapes.

  • Francisco Escrivà

    Francisco Escrivà

    Associate lecturer at the University of Valencia

  • DEng Enric Terol

    DEng Enric Terol

    Enric Terol is PhD at the Politechnic Univesity of Valencia where he is teaching since 1999. He is teaching Technical Engineering, Higher Engineering, Bachelor, Bachelor and Master studies in subjects assigned to the Department of Cartographic Engineering, Geodesy and Photogrammetry, mainly related to Geographic Information Systems and Cartographic Production.The scientific interest of Enric Terol is…

  • PhD Manuel Pulido Fernández

    PhD Manuel Pulido Fernández

    Manuel Pulido Fernández is an Associate Professor of the Department of Arts and Territory Sciences (former Department of Geography) of the University of Extremadura (UEx) based in Cáceres, Spain. He teaches classes for the students of the degrees in Tourism (Tourism Resources and Natural Heritage) and Geography (Landscape, Society and Territory; Water and soil in…

  • PhD Manuel López-Vicente

    PhD Manuel López-Vicente

    Manuel López-Vicente does research on soil science in agricultural and forest systems: Surface hydrology (runoff and non-saturated zone), soil erosion and sediment connectivity, evaluation of sustainable agronomic practices (e.g. cover crops, mulching, textiles), nutrient and carbon conservation, and crop yield and plant vigour. To shed light on these topics, we combine field observations and surveys,…

  • Jesús Barrena González

    Jesús Barrena González

    Jesús Barrena González currently holds a predoctoral fellowship from the Regional Government of Extremadura (2019-2023) to carry out his thesis in the Department of Art and Territory Sciences at the University of Extremadura. He holds a degree in geography and a master’s degree in Geographic Information Technologies: GIS and Remote Sensing. He is a member…

  • PhD Saskia Keesstra

    PhD Saskia Keesstra

    Climate resilient and sustainable landscape management: Using Process knowledge for sustainable development. My main research focus revolves around understanding land system dynamics in a holistic way by incorporating both processes in soils and landscapes as well as the socio-economic elements of the land system. Process knowledge enables explanation of the impact of natural (climate change,…

  • PhD DEng Jesús Rodrigo Comino

    PhD DEng Jesús Rodrigo Comino

    Assistant Professor at the University of Granada

  • PhD Lea Wittenberg

    PhD Lea Wittenberg

    Lea Wittenberg is a professor of physical geography and head of the new School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel. She received her Ph.D. in fluvial geomorphology and sediment transport from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Over the past two decades, her research has focused on the role of disturbance…

  • PhD Antonio Giménez Morera

    PhD Antonio Giménez Morera

    Expert in International Trade and Marketing in the agricultural sector. I have based my research on the use of agrogeotextiles in the agricultural world in order to achieve sustainable crops. Their use and the economic calculations derived from them regarding the calculation of costs VS environment is currently one of my main lines of research.

  • PhD Hanoch Lavee

    PhD Hanoch Lavee

    Hanoch Lavee is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and the Environment, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His expertise includes the: Hillslope processes, Rainfall-runoff-erosion relationships, Geomorphic and environmental processes in arid and semi-arid zones, Resilience of eco-geomorphic systems, Desertification under climate change, Soil-water-vegetation-erosion relationships under Mediterranean and arid climatic conditions.

  • PhD Ehsan Moradi

    PhD Ehsan Moradi

    Ehsan Moradi started his study and research on the degradation of water, soil, and vegetation cover in 2005 at the University of Mazandaran in the Rangeland and Watershed Management field. He kept on his studies in land degradation using Dynamic Systems approach and in the Phd course focused on the assessment of land degradation via…

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