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**-p**- -p Output a vector points map with sampled values of flow accumulation and curvatures suitable for determining cutoff values. NOTE: Overrides all other output options, and exits after completion. The output vector points map will be named "PREFIX_#_randomly_sampled_points".
**-1**- -1 Calculate streams as 1D difference instead of 2D divergence
**-c**- -c Calculate streams with a shear stress equation, rather than a stream-power equation
**-k**- -k Keep ALL temporary maps (overides flags -drst). This will make A LOT of maps!
**-d**- -d Don't output yearly soil depth maps
**-r**- -r Don't output yearly maps of the erosion/deposition rates ("ED_rate" map, in vertical meters)
**-s**- -s Keep all slope maps
**-t**- -t Keep yearly maps of the Transport Capacity at each cell ("Qs" maps)
**-e**- -e Keep yearly maps of the Excess Transport Capacity (divergence) at each cell ("DeltaQs" maps)
**--help**- Print usage summary
**--verbose**- Verbose module output
**--quiet**- Quiet module output
**--ui**- Force launching GUI dialog

**elev**=*string***[required]**- Input elevation map (DEM of surface)
**initbdrk**=*string***[required]**- Bedrock elevations map (DEM of bedrock)
- Default:
**k**=*string*- Soil erodability index (K factor) map or constant
- Default:
*0.42* **sdensity**=*string*- Soil density map or constant [T/m3] for conversion from mass to volume
- Default:
*1.2184* **kt**=*float*- Stream transport efficiency variable (0.001 for a soft substrate, 0.0001 for a normal substrate, 0.00001 for a hard substrate, 0.000001 for a very hard substrate)
- Options:
*0.001, 0.0001, 0.00001, 0.000001* - Default:
*0.0001* **loadexp**=*float*- Stream transport type variable (1.5 for mainly bedload transport, 2.5 for mainly suspended load transport)
- Options:
*1.5, 2.5* - Default:
*1.5* **kappa**=*float*- Hillslope diffusion (Kappa) rate map or constant [m/kyr]
- Default:
*1* **c**=*string*- Landcover index (C factor) map or constant
- Default:
*0.005* **rain**=*string*- Precip totals for the average storm [mm] (or path to climate file of comma separated values of "rain,R,storms,stormlength", with a new line for each year of the simulation)
- Default:
*20.61* **r**=*string*- Rainfall (R factor) constant (AVERAGE FOR WHOLE MAP AREA) (or path to climate file of comma separated values of "rain,R,storms,stormlength", with a new line for each year of the simulation)
- Default:
*4.54* **storms**=*string*- Number of storms per year (integer) (or path to climate file of comma separated values of "rain,R,storms,stormlength", with a new line for each year of the simulation)
- Default:
*25* **stormlength**=*string*- Average length of the storm [h] (or path to climate file of comma separated values of "rain,R,storms,stormlength", with a new line for each year of the simulation)
- Default:
*24.0* **speed**=*float*- Average velocity of flowing water in the drainage [m/s]
- Default:
*1.4* **manningn**=*string*- Map or constant of the value of Manning's "N" value for channelized flow.
- Default:
*0.05* **flowcontrib**=*string*- Map or constant indicating how much each cell contributes to downstream flow (as a "percentage" from 0-100). If no map or value entered, routine will assume 100% downstream contribution
**convergence**=*integer*- Value for the flow convergence variable in r.watershed. Small values make water spread out, high values make it converge in narrower channels.
- Options:
*1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10* - Default:
*5* **cutoff1**=*float*- Flow accumulation breakpoint value for shift from diffusion to overland flow
- Default:
*0* **cutoff2**=*float*- Flow accumulation breakpoint value for shift from overland flow to rill/gully flow (if value is the same as cutoff1, no sheetwash procesess will be modeled)
- Default:
*100* **cutoff3**=*float*- Flow accumulation breakpoint value for shift from rill/gully flow to stream flow (if value is the same as cutoff2, no rill procesess will be modeled)
- Default:
*100* **smoothing**=*string***[required]**- Amount of additional smoothing (answer "no" unless you notice large spikes in the erdep rate map)
- Options:
*no, low, high* - Default:
*no* **prefx**=*string***[required]**- Prefix for all output maps
- Default:
*levol_* **outdem**=*string***[required]**- Name stem for output elevation map(s) (preceded by prefix and followed by numerical suffix if more than one iteration)
- Default:
*elevation* **outsoil**=*string***[required]**- Name stem for the output soil depth map(s) (preceded by prefix and followed by numerical suffix if more than one iteration)
- Default:
*soildepth* **number**=*integer***[required]**- Number of iterations (cycles) to run
- Default:
*1* **statsout**=*string*- Name for the statsout text file (optional, if none provided, a default name will be used)

*r.landscape.evol* takes as input a raster digital
elevation model (DEM) of surface topography and an input raster DEM
of bedrock elevations, as well as several environmental variables,
and computes the net change in elevation due to erosion and
deposition on the hill-slopes using the USPED equation, and in the
stream channels using a process equation based either on the excess stream
power or shear stress.

This module uses appropriate flow on different landforms by default; however, singular flow regimes can be chosen by manipulating the cutoff points. THIS SCRIPT WILL PRODUCE MANY TEMPORARY MAPS AND REQUIRES A LOT OF FREE FILE SPACE!

The module has the ability to run recursively, looping over several iterations. The time interval represented by each iteration is determined by the scale of the input environmental variables, and as such, all input variables should be on the same time scale. The script creates a new map where each raster cell carries a numerical value, which represents the simulated meters of erosion or deposition (ED) estimated for that cell, under the specified conditions of rainfall intensity, soil erodability, water flow, and vegetation cover. This map of net ED is then added to (for deposition) or subtracted from (for erosion) the topography map of the previous time step, to create a new topography map (i.e., as a DEM) after a cycle of landuse and landscape change.

**R**, **K**, and **C** are environmental factors in the
USPED equation that relate to the intensity of yearly rainfall, the
erodability of soil, and the degree to which vegetation cover
prevents erosion (See below for a detailed description of these
factors). These factors largely determine the amount of erosion or
deposition that occur on the hill-slopes. **cutoff1**, **cutoff2,
**and **cutoff3** are
values of flow accumulation (amount of upslope area in square meters)
that determine where surface processes change from soil-creep to
laminar overland flow (sheetwash), from laminar overland flow to
channelized overland flow (rills/gullies), and from channelized
overland flow to full stream flow respectively. Note that some
experimentation is required in order to find the best possible values
for these cutoffs, and the -p flag will provide some output data that
may be useful for this. **kappa** is the
rate of diffusion for soil-creep in meters per 1000 years. **sdensity**
is the density of the soil in grams per cubic centimeters. **rain**
is the total annual precipitation measured in meters (or the average
annual rainfall in meters per year). **raindays**
is the total number of days on which it rained in one year (or an
average value of days per year). **infilt**
is the proportion of rainfall that infiltrates into the soil and thus
does not contribute to runoff (values are between 0 and 1). **Kt**
is the stream transport efficiency variable that describes the
cohesiveness of the stream channel beds (0.001 for normal
gravel/sandy/silt channel bed to 0.000001 for a bedrock channel bed).
**loadexp** is the stream
transport type variable that determines the type of stream transport
modeled (1.5 for bedload transport, or 2.5 for suspended load
transport). **alpha** is
the critical slope threshold above which the model will simulate the
cumulative effects of mass wasting (landsliding). These
measures all need to be determined empirically for a given landscape
under a given climatic condition, but the defaults are average values
for the Circum-Mediterranean Basin.

By default, *r.watershed* is used to calculate flow
accumulation modeling using the MFD algorithm included in GRASS 6.4
and higher. This can be made backwards compatible by checking the -f
flag, which will use *r.terraflow *to
compute a flow accumulation model using the SFD algorithm. This will,
however, produce much less accurate results, and users are therefore
encouraged to used GRASS 6.4 or higher.

The user may use the **statsout** option to define the name of
the file that contains the statistics of erosion, deposition, and
soil depths over all iterations. The default name is
`"mapset"_"prefix"_lsevol_stats.txt` (in
the users home directory).

Because physical laws that govern the flow of water across
landscapes and its ability to erode, entrain, transport, and deposit
sediments can be expressed in mathematical form, they can be
translated into a scripting algorithm that modifies raster landscapes
(i.e., in the GIS) in ways analogous to the ways in which real-world
landscapes change. There are various mathematical expressions of the
relevant surface processes in the geomorphological literature
depending for example on the processes selected to be represented,
the simplicity of representation desired, and the degree of
resolution desired (Clevis, et al. 2006; Degani, et al. 1979; Mitas
and Mitasova 1998; Mitasova, Hofierka, et al. 1996; Mitasova and
Mitas 2001a, b; Peeters, et al. 2006; Singh and Phadke 2006; Warren,
et al. 2005; Wischmeier, et al. 1971; Wischmeier and Smith 1978). We
use the Unit Stream Power Erosion-Deposition (USPED) equation,
derived in part from the widely-used Revised Universal Soil Loss
Equation (RUSLE) (American Society of Agricultural Engineers 2003;
Degani, et al. 1979; Mitasova, et al. 2001; Mitasova, Mitas, et al.
1996; Mitasova, et al. 2004; Singh and Phadke 2006; Warren, et al.
2005; Wischmeier 1976; Wischmeier, et al. 1971; Wischmeier and Smith
1978), to calculate net erosion and deposiiton across each landscape
cell above the flow accumulation breakpoint **cutoff3**. USPED was
developed for hillslopes, small watersheds, and small channels (i.e.,
rills and gullies) (Warren, et al. 2005), and is less applicable to
larger streams and rivers. Therefore we use a different process
equation to model erosion and deposition in stream channels (see
below).

Net erosion and deposition rates on hillslopes are computed from
the change in sediment flow across cells of a DEM that have flow
accumulation values less than **cutoff3**. We approximate sediment
flow rate from sediment transport capacity, assuming that water
flowing over landscapes normally carries sediment at capacity.
Transport capacity is calculated by combining a rainfall coefficient
(R, MJ mm/ha h yr), soil erodability coefficient (K, Mg ha h/ha MJ
mm), and coefficient for the ability of vegetation to prevent erosion
(C, unitless) from RUSLE with with an estimate of topographically
driven stream power as shown in equation (1)

where *A* is the upslope contributing area (a measure of
water flowing through a cell) and *B* is the slope of the
cell. The exponents *m* and *n* are empirically derived
and vary for water flowing over nearly level ground, on hillslopes,
in water catchments at the heads of gullies, or in small channels.
The sediment flow rate is largely determined by the amount of water
flowing (contributing area), its velocity (a function of slope), the
erodability of the substrate (K factor), and the ability of the
vegetation cover to prevent erosion (C factor).

Implementing the USPED algorithm in a GRASS script combines GIS
modules for calculating slope, aspect, and flow accumulation (the
amount of water that flows across each cell) using map algebra. Data
used by the script includes a map of initial surface topography (a
raster DEM), soil erodability (a constant for uniform soil or a
raster map for variable soil), vegetation cover (a constant or raster
map), and rainfall intensity (a constant only). We also create an
underlying bedrock topography map (a raster DEM) to limit the total
depth of unconsolidated sediment that can be eroded. Soil
erodability, vegetation cover, and rainfall are expressed as the
K-factor *(K),* C-factor (*C*),
and R-factor (*R*) components
of the RUSLE and have been calculated empirically for a variety of
setting (Boellstorff and Benito 2005; MartÃnez-Casasnovas, 2000;
Essa 2004; Hammad, et al. 2004; Renard, et al. 1997; Renard and
Freimund 1994).

For areas of the DEM that have flow accumulation values greater
than **cutoff3 **(ie. areas
that are proper streams), we use a case of the transport limited
process law that is formulated for water flowing in stream channels
(Howard 1980; Tucker and Hancock 2010). This is done by first
calculating the reach average shear stress (τ),
here estimated for a cellular landscape simply as:

Where: *9806.65*
is a constant related to the gravitational acceleration of water, *B*
is the slope of the cell in degrees, and *D*
is the instantaneous depth of flowing water in the cell. *D
*is
here assumed to be roughly equivalent to the depth of flow during the
average minute of rainfall, calculated by:

Where: *R*_{m}
is the total annual precipitation in meters, *i*
is the proportion of rainfall that infiltrates rather than runs
off, *A*
is the uplsope accumulated area per unit contour width at the cell,
*R*_{d}
is the number of days on which it rained in a one year period, and
*1440*
is a constant relating to the number of minutes in a day.

Then the transport capacity is calculated by:

Where: *K*_{t}
is the transport efficiency factor related to the character of the
stream bed (0.001 for normal sediment to 0.000001 for bedrock), and *n*
is an empirically determined exponent related to the dominant type of
transport in the stream system (1.5 for bedload transport or 2.5
suspended load transport).

Net erosion and deposition rates are then computed across the entire DEM as change in sediment flow in the x and y directions across a cell as follows:

where ED is net erosion or
deposition rate for sediment and *α*
is the topographic aspect (i.e., direction of slope) for a cell.
Whether flowing water will erode or deposit sediment in a particular
cell is determined by the * change*
in sediment flow (transport capacity) from one cell to the next. If
the transport capacity increases (for example, due to an increase in
the steepness of the slope or amount of flowing water), more sediment
will be entrained and erosion will occur; if the transport capacity
decreases (for example, due to a decrease in slope or water flow)
sediment will be deposited.

The output of this GRASS implementation of these transport
equations must be modified in several ways in order to make it
appropriate for landscape evolution simulation. First, because of the
way slope is calculated in *r.slope.aspect*, the flux *T*
is actually calculated one cell downslope from where is really
occurs. This causes problems when USPED is iterated over many cycles,
and creates oscillating "spikes" in positive and negative
flux values resulting in the calculation of alternating deep pits and
high mounds at sensitive areas on the landscape. To overcome this,
*r.landscape.evol* uses a neighborhood algorithm in *r.mapcalc*
to put the calculated value of *T* back into the cell that is
most uplsope from where it is originally calculated.

Additionally, control must be kept for the amount of erodible
sediment available to moved. *r.landscape.evol* explicitly
tracks this by taking the difference between the input bedrock
elevation DEM, and the current surface topography DEM, and creating a
map of "soil" depth. This map tracks the amount of material
assumed to be available for entrainment and transport by surface
processes. A simple logical algorithm is used to prevent unduly large
amounts of erosion from being calculated in areas devoid of erodible
materials (ie. at bedrock outcrops). Where this condition occurs, *K*
or *K*_{t }is made to be very small, resulting in
only extremely small amounts of erosion.

Another major issue is that the total flux *T *is in units of
Tons/Ha, which means it must be converted in order to calculate the
change in elevation at each cell (*m*_{vert}).
This is done via a simple algorithm that uses the density of the soil
and the cell resolution:

Where: *10000* is the number of meters per hectare, *Sd *is
the density of the soil, and *Res *is the cell resolution
(width). In order to convert the output back to Tons/Ha (standard
rate for USPED/RUSLE equations), you can multiply the **netchange**
output map by "(10000 x raster cell resolution x **sdensity**)" to
create a map of soil erosion/deposition rates across the landscape.

To get started with *r.landscape.evol*, you need to determine the appropriate values for **cutoff1**, **cutoff2**, and **cutoff3**, which are transition points between different types of erosive processes. These are in units of flow accumulation scaled to actual surface flow as determined in r.watershed from the values of rainfall and flow hindrance from vegetation. To do this, you should parameterize the module as best as possible, EXCEPT for the three "cutoffs". Then, run the module with the **-p** flag, which will make a random points vector file with the values of scaled flow accumulation (scaled to actual rainfall and vegetation), profile curvature, and tangential curvature in the associated table. Plotting the log of the scaled flow accumulation against each of these two curvatures will help you to determine reasonable values for the cutoffs, as each transition should show a unique relationship between curvature and flow accumulations. See the figures below for examples:

Log Scaled Flow Accumulation versus Topographic Curvatures.

Map showing the spatial patterns of the cutoffs determined from the previous figure.

r.landscape.evol accepts an external "climate file", which should be a comma separated plain text file with four columns in the order of, "**rain**,**R**,**storms**,**stormlength**" (without headers). Each of these columns must exist, although there need not be values in every column (i.e., you can enter a single value for any of these parameters in the command line, and combine that with populated columns for the other values). Note that the climate file must have the same number of rows as there are iterations of the simulation (**years**).

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