Soil Erosion Research for the 21st Century

An International Symposium sponsored by ASAE

was held at the



Ala Moana Hotel

Honolulu, Hawaii

January 3-5, 2001




Adopted by ASAE in December 2002

ASAE Position Paper on Erosion Research Priorities



From the Meeting in Honolulu - January 3-5 2001

On-site Symposium Program

Symposium Photos

Symposium Statement


From July 2000

Full Symposium Program can be found here (~7 MBytes).

Symposium Program Summary and Invited Speakers are here.

Detailed Symposium Program (without Images).



Symposium Proceedings can now be ordered from ASAE. Contact Ms. Sandy Martin (, phone (616) 428-6324, toll-free (800) 606-2304, fax (616) 429-3852 to order. Cost for ASAE members is $51 and for nonmembers is $63, and there is a delivery charge of $4.75 for first book, and $1 for each additional.


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The American Society of Agricultural Engineers



American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Chinese Soil & Water Conservation Society (CSWCS) Taiwan

Council of Agriculture (COA) Taiwan

European Society for Soil Conservation

International Erosion Control Association (IECA)

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Soil & Water Conservation Society (SWCS)

USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

USDA-Forest Service (FS)

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWC)



Soil erosion caused by water and/or wind is a continuing problem throughout the world that threatens the capacity of the Earth to produce food, fiber, and renewable sources of energy for an ever-increasing population. Additionally, eroded sediment is a major air and water pollutant, causing many detrimental off-site impacts. This symposium provided a forum for participants to discuss the current status and the future of soil erosion research.



The symposium program included volunteered presentations, invited presentations, a technical tour, panel discussions, and discussion groups. Over 180 volunteered presentations were split between oral lecture and one-on-one poster format. All presenters provided a 2-4 page single-spaced final camera-ready paper for publication in the symposium proceedings. Over 200 erosion researchers and soil conservationists from 30 countries attended the meeting.


The symposium invited several world-renowned soil erosion scientists as keynote speakers, as well as moderators of discussion panels, to provide their viewpoints on the current status of soil erosion research and directions needed in the future. Additionally, discussion groups composed of all participants at the conference also address these same issues. The symposium will prepare and publish a document summarizing recommendations from these discussions, and provide it to all of the co-sponsoring organizations. See the program overview, full advance program, and final on-site program documents for details on the Symposium program and speakers.



        Experimental Soil Erosion Process Research

        On-site and Off-site Impacts of Soil Erosion

        Measurement Techniques in Soil Erosion Research

        Erosion Control Practices

        Modeling Climatic, Hydrologic and Soil Erosion Processes

        Application of Soil Erosion Models to Agricultural & Non-Agricultural Lands

        Soil Erosion Prediction, Environmental Regulation and Land Use Planning



The Soil Erosion Research Symposium was held at the same time and location as the ASAE-sponsored International Symposium on Preferential Flow. Registrants for each symposium had cross-over privileges to attend sessions of interest in the concurrent conference. For information on the International Symposium on Preferential Flow, contact Dr. Adel Shirmohammadi.


For symposium information contact:

Dr. Dennis Flanagan, Symposium Chair

USDA-Agricultural Research Service

National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory

1196 Building SOIL

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1196

Phone: 765-494-7748 Fax: 765-494-5948




ASAE Web site:

Symposium Web sites:

For other information contact: Sharon McKnight, ASABE Meetings & Conferences, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085-9659. Voice: 269-428-6333 (Eastern Time Zone) Fax: 269-429-3852 E-mail:



Two Conferences with Attendee Crossover Registration Privileges


Soil Erosion Research for the 21st Century Intl. Symposium on Preferential Flow


Organizing Committee Organizing Committee

Symposium Chair - Dennis Flanagan Symposium Chair - Adel Shirmohammadi

Vice-Chair & Discussion Groups - Larry Kramer Program - Walter Rawls

Finances - Chia-Chun Joseph Wu Proceedings - David Bosch

Invited Presentations - Daniel Yoder & Geert Sterk Publicity - John Parsons

Local Arrangements - Samir El-Swaify Local Arrangements - Samir El-Swaify

Proceedings - Jim Ascough Other Members:

Publicity - Manuel Reyes Kevin King

Volunteered Presentations - Prasanta Kalita Andy Ward

Other Members: Lars Bergstrom

John Boardman

Bill Elliot

David Favis-Mortlock

Roger Funk

William Hughey

Peter Kinnell

Andreas Klik

John Laflen

John Leys

Ramesh Rudra

Gerd Sparovek

Larry Wagner