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under a Changing Climate


An International Symposium sponsored by ASABE


Punta Borinquén Resort

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, USA

January 8-13, 2023


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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/Events/Soil-Erosion-Research-under-a-Changing-Climate 


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


Registration is now open at the ASABE website at: https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=647439&  Authors/presenters must register by the October 1, 2022 deadline for their presentations to be retained in the program. A PDF registration form is also available here.


Example Paper Word document – Paper_Example_Document


Example 1-page Abstract Word document – Abstract_Example_Document


ASABE paper template – Template_Document    Template Instructions


Instructions regarding ASABE journals special collection papers – Instructions Document


Symposium sponsorship instructions and form – Sponsorship Form



Confirmed plenary keynote speakers:

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Description automatically generated with low confidence Dr. Jane Willenbring – Stanford University

" Flash Forward: Predicting Soil Response to Extreme Erosion Events "


2.      Dr. Rafael Bras – Georgia Institute of Technology 

“Modeling Landslides in Puerto Rico with a Distributed Eco-Hydrological Model”


3.      Dr. Robert Stallard – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

"Extreme Rainstorms and Landslides in the Panama Canal Watershed – Lessons Learned from the Storms of December, 2010"


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Description automatically generated with low confidence Dr. Grizelle GonzálezUSDA-Forest Service   

"The Effects of Natural Disturbance in Puerto Rico: Forests, 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 9 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. An all-day field trip of several erosion and disaster sites in western Puerto Rico is planned for Tuesday, January 10. On Wednesday, 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, a number of invited presentations, and a student poster competition. On Thursday, January 12, Dr. Robert Stallard of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will be the plenary speaker. This will be followed by a full day of concurrent oral and poster sessions, and the symposium group dinner in the evening. The final day of the Symposium on Friday, January 13th 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 over 2900 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



New call for additional abstracts                  October 25, 2021

Submission website re-opens                      November 1, 2021

Abstract submission deadline or

     Confirmation by existing authors               March 15, 2022

Notification of acceptance of abstracts

      and instructions on paper preparation          April 30, 2022

      for inclusion in the proceedings

For those who choose to submit to the               June 15, 2022

      Special Collection, manuscript

      submission deadline (for peer review)     

Advance registration form &

      program sent                                             August 15, 2022

Final print-ready papers received                                                

    by Proceedings Chair                            September 15, 2022

Payment of registration fee by authors           October 1, 2022

Final edited & formatted papers from         December 9, 2022

     Proceedings Chair to ASABE for

     upload to website & USB drives

Symposium in Puerto Rico                         January 8-13, 2023



Authors may choose to submit a manuscript for publication either in the Conference Proceedings (editorial review only) or for consideration in a Special Collection (full peer-review) in the Journal of the ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture.

Conference Proceedings Instructions

1.      SUBMIT ABSTRACT PROPOSAL (by March 15, 2022) TO:          https://na.eventscloud.com/eSites/soilerosion/Homepage

2.      Instructions for preparing manuscripts in electronic format for the Conference Proceedings will be issued with acceptance notification. Authors will be asked to provide a print-ready draft by September 15, 2022 to be reviewed for gross errors and overall completeness and then if necessary returned for corrections. The review is not to be considered a technical peer-review for journal publication purposes.

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

4.      After acceptance of the paper the author will be required to provide the paper in electronic format to the Proceedings 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. Additionally, the symposium has provided an example paper document in the requested format, that can also be accessed from the meeting websites.

5.      The Symposium Proceedings abstracts/papers will be available at the ASABE Technical Library.


Special Collection (peer-reviewed) Instructions (post-Symposium group)

1.      SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT TO ASABE JOURNALS (by April 15, 2023):           https://www.asabe.org/JournalAuthors

2.      Indicate during submission (in Scholar One) that the manuscript should be considered for the Soil Erosion Research Collection

3.      Instructions for preparing manuscripts in electronic format for the Special Collection are available on the ASABE website and here. Each paper will go through a full peer-review process following ASABE procedures.

4.      The Symposium Special Collection articles will be available at the ASABE Technical Library.

5.      Public access will be free for the remainder of the year of publication plus two additional years (i.e., through 2024). (Public access after that time may be purchased at regular rates.)

6.      Papers will be highlighted in an introductory article and will include an identifying logo.

General Information

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

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

3.      A visa and passport may be required of international presenters to facilitate travel. To request a visa travel document visit: https://www.asabe.org/Events/International-Travelers


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://asabe.org/Events/Soil-Erosion-Research-under-a-Changing-Climate

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

Carlos Ramos

Pete Robichaud

Mario Rodriguez

Sanjay Shukla

John Tatarko

Larry Wagner

Bofu Yu

Raul Zapata-Lopez