Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
SOIL, 6, 549–564, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-549-2020
SOIL, 6, 549–564, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-549-2020

Original research article 16 Nov 2020

Original research article | 16 Nov 2020

Understanding the role of water and tillage erosion from 239+240Pu tracer measurements using inverse modelling

Florian Wilken et al.

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Soil redistribution by water and tillage erosion processes on arable land is a major threat to sustainable use of soil resources. We unravel the role of tillage and water erosion from fallout radionuclide (239+240Pu) activities in a ground moraine landscape. Our results show that tillage erosion dominates soil redistribution processes and has a major impact on the hydrological and sedimentological connectivity, which started before the onset of highly mechanised farming since the 1960s.