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The use of field plots under natural rainfall conditions to evaluate factors that cause or contribute to erosion requires a long period of study to cover a range of climatic variations. To shorten the time required for erosion studies, field plot and laboratory rainfall simulators have been developed. The rainfall simulator at the University of Maine was designed for the study of soil characteristics as related to soil erodibility, and for the determination of soil erodibility factor (K) as used in the universal soil loss prediction equation.
Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Epstein, E., and W.J. Grant. 1966. Design, construction and calibration of a laboratory rainfall simulator. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 22.