Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 1

Application of GIS for Soil Erosion Modeling in Bina River Basin

Garima Jhariya1*, Shive Raj Singh1, T.R. Nayak2, R.M. Singh1 and Rajeev Ranjan3

1Department of Farm Engineering, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi - 221005, India. 2National Institute of Hydrology, Regional Centre, Bhopal - 462 016, India. 3Collage of Agricultural Engineering, JNKVV, Jabalpur - 480661, India

Received on 20 November 2014 and accepted on 07 January 2015



Soil erosion is a major environmental problem that threatens the sustainability and productivity of agricultural areas. Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE), originally developed by the USDA for agricultural lands and then used throughout the world. With the advance of Remote Sensing technique it becomes possible to measure hydrologic parameters on spatial scales while Geographic Information System integrates the spatial analytical functionality for spatially distributed data. This study was performed in the Bina River Basin having outlet at dam side. USLE model and ILWIS 3.0 GIS has been used for determining the quantity of soil erosion. ILWIS 3.0 GIS package has been used as the core of the spatial database and analysis. Results obtained from USLE model has been compared with existing empirical equation namely Joglekar’s Curve developed for Central India and Khosla’s method. It is observed that the mean annual soil loss estimated by using USLE method has been found to be 12.63 tons ha-1 year-1 for the Bina river watershed.

Keywords : USLE, GIS, ILWIS, Soil Erosion, Bina river.