Transition between stable states in the dynamics of soil development

Paolo D'Odorico, Amilcare Michele M. Porporato, Luca Ridolfi

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The dynamics of soil development and erosion is studied through a stochastic soil mass balance in which the soil production by bedrock weathering is expressed as a state-dependent deterministic function, while the erosion by landslides is modeled as a marked Poisson process. For a range of values of the parameters the dynamics is bistable and the noise drives the transitions from a state to another through a potential barrier. The rates of such a transition are analytically estimated and their dependence on the system parameters is briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-598
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geophysics
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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