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under a Changing Climate


An International Symposium sponsored by ASABE


Punta Borinquén Resort

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, USA

January 9-14, 2022


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Erosion research on a coffee farm in western Puerto Rico. Rainfall simulation on a steep hillslope. Photo courtesy Carlos Ramos.


ASABE Symposium web site - https://asabe.org/21SoilErosion


ASABE paper submission web site -   https://na.eventscloud.com/eSites/473047/Homepage


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Example 1-page Abstract Word document – Abstract_Example_Document


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Symposium sponsorship instructions and form – Sponsorship Form


Confirmed plenary keynote speakers:

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Description automatically generatedDr. Jane Willenbring – Stanford University

"Extreme Events in Coastal Areas: Erosion Mechanics, Predictions and Consequences"


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“Puerto Rico’s Hurricanes: Erosion Impacts and Lessons Learned”


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"Future Horizons in Soil Erosion Research and Remote Sensed Technology, and a Caribbean-wide Perspective on Soil Erosion"


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Description automatically generated Dr. Grizelle GonzálezUSDA-Forest Service   

"Puerto Rico’s Natural Disasters: Forests, Erosion, Infrastructure and Environmental Implications"



The symposium program will include volunteered presentations, invited presentations, a technical tour, panel discussions, and discussion groups.  The program will begin on Monday, January 10 with an opening session and plenary keynote talk by Dr. Jane Willenbring, followed by concurrent oral sessions in the morning and afternoon, and a poster session in the evening. On Tuesday, January 11 a one-day visit to the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez and the Civil Engineering & Surveying Department and Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering Department will highlight efforts by faculty, students and cooperators on erosion and responses to natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes), including a plenary keynote talk by Dr. Rafael Bras and a number of invited presentations. An all-day field trip of several erosion and disaster sites in western Puerto Rico is planned for Wednesday, January 12. On Thursday, January 13, Dr. Matthew Larsen of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will speak on future horizons in soil erosion research using remote sensing technology. This will be followed by a full day of concurrent oral sessions and a special panel of USDA-ARS National Program Staff on strategic planning for future soil erosion research and modeling efforts in USDA. A symposium dinner is planned for the evening of January 13. The final day of the Symposium on Friday, January 14th will be highlighted by a talk by Dr. Grizelle González of the USDA-Forest Service in Puerto Rico on her experiences with the island’s natural disasters in the forests and their effects on erosion, infrastructure, and the environment. A closing ceremony will be held after lunch, with delegates released at 2 p.m.



Soil erosion caused by wind and/or water 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 and agricultural chemicals are major water and air pollutants, causing many detrimental off-site impacts. Compounding the erosion problems are the effects of climate change. Warmer air temperatures also increase ocean water temperatures, that can result in larger and more severe storms and hurricanes. For example, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017, with 2975 fatalities, as well as infrastructure and erosion damages across the island. This symposium provides a forum for participants to discuss the status and future of soil erosion research.



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The American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers



United States Department of Agriculture

-         Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

-         Forest Service (FS)

-         Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

-         Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Dept.

-         Civil Engineering and Surveying Dept.





-   Soil Erosion by Water Research

-   Soil Erosion by Wind Research

-   Erosion Control Research

-   Coastal Zones and Soil Erosion: Dynamics, Mechanics and Damages

-   Conservation Innovations on Steep Lands in the Tropics to Avoid Erosion

-   Impacts of Climate Change on Soil Erosion

-   Soil Erosion Impacts on Water and Air Quality

-   Modeling of Agricultural Systems and Erosion Prediction

-   Modeling of Erosion Processes in Forests and Agroecosystems at Watershed and Basin Scales

-   Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology in Erosion Quantification and Prediction

-   Hurricane Effects on Erosion and Water Quality

-   Emerging Technologies in Soil Erosion Research

-   Watershed Scale Soil Conservation

-   Measurement Techniques in Soil Erosion Research

-   Historical Soil Erosion Research in Puerto Rico



First announcement                                              July 7, 2019

Call for abstracts                                            August 15, 2019

Second announcement                              November 15, 2019

Abstract submission deadline                           March 2, 2020

Notification of acceptance/rejection

    of abstracts and instructions on

    paper preparation for inclusion

    in the proceedings                                      March 31, 2020

Postponement to January 2022                          July 30, 2020

New call for additional abstracts                  October 15, 2020

Abstract submission deadline or

     Confirmation by existing authors           February 15, 2021

Notification of acceptance of abstracts

      and instructions on paper preparation       March 31, 2021

      for inclusion in the proceedings

Advance registration form &

      program sent                                             August 15, 2021

Final print-ready papers received                                                

    by Proceedings Chair                           September 15, 2021

Payment of registration fee by authors           October 1, 2021

ASABE uploads papers to technical

     library & USB drives created                     January 5, 2022

Symposium in Puerto Rico                        January 9-14, 2022



1.      The symposium abstracts/papers will be available at the ASABE Technical Library.

2.      Instructions for preparing manuscripts in electronic format will be issued with abstract acceptance notification. Authors will be asked to provide a draft to be reviewed for gross errors and overall completeness and then returned for corrections. The review is not to be considered a technical peer review for journal publication purposes.

3.      After acceptance of the paper the author will be required to provide the paper in electronic format to the Publications Chair. You’ll find the official MS Word template at the following link:  https://www.asabe.org/Portals/0/aPubs/Templates/SoilErosionResearchSymposiumMeetingTemplate.docx   The template will automatically format the document and help speed processing time at Headquarters. At a minimum, it would be helpful if you would fill in the table at the beginning of the template and complete the cover page. Authors are encouraged to submit their papers for possible publication in a peer-reviewed journal such as Transactions of the ASABE, Applied Engineering in Agriculture and Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. For further information, contact the ASABE Publications Department.

4.      Eight single-spaced pages is the limit for all papers.

5.      Conference registration fee will be due with final paper submission.

6.      The official language of the symposium will be English.

7.      A visa and passport may be required of international presenters to facilitate travel. See:  https://www.asabe.org/Events/International-Travelers

8.      SUBMIT ABSTRACT PROPOSALS ELECTRONICALLY TO:  https://na.eventscloud.com/eSites/473047/Homepage   


NOTE:  We are also exploring an option for some authors to submit full journal papers for inclusion in a special collection in the ASABE journals (Transactions of the ASABE, or Applied Engineering in Agriculture), that could appear in issues just prior to the conference (pre-Symposium submissions) or in issues after the conference (post-Symposium submissions). The authors would still present their research at the Symposium. More details on this will be provided as they become available. Most likely the submission deadline for pre-Symposium submissions will be something like May 15, 2021.



For symposium information contact:

Dr. Dennis Flanagan, Symposium Chair

E-mail:  flanagan@purdue.edu

Phone: +01 (765) 494-7748


For information on abstract/paper submission, contact:

Dr. Anita Thompson, Proceedings Chair

E-mail:  amthompson2@wisc.edu

Phone:  +01 (608) 262-0604.


For questions related to ASABE or the submission site, contact:

Jessica Bell, ASABE Meetings & Conferences

E-mail:  bell@asabe.org

Phone:  +01 (269) 932-7029.



ASABE web site:   http://www.asabe.org

ASABE Symposium web site:  https://www.asabe.org/21SoilErosion

This symposium web site:







Soil Erosion Research under a Changing Climate                 

Organizing Committee                                         

Symposium Chair - Dennis Flanagan                             

Local Arrangements – Megh Goyal                                 

Program – Johnny Grace III

Proceedings – Anita Thompson               

Other Members:                                                                 

Kyle Douglas-Mankin

Grizelle González

Eric Harmsen
Mike Kucera

John Leys

Manuel Matos

Debu Misra

Ismael Pagán-Trinidad

Luis Perez-Alegría

Charles Privette III

Vahid Rahmani

Carlos Ramos

Pete Robichaud

Mario Rodriguez

Sanjay Shukla

John Tatarko

Larry Wagner

Bofu Yu