1) To develop and calibrate a process-based and spatially distributed model to quantify soil erosion by water and assess its risk across Europe.
2) To validate the developed PESERA model at low and high resolution and across different agro-ecological zones, and to compare the robustness and flexibility of the PESERA model output with other models or methods used for erosion risk assessment.
3) To ensure the relevance of the PESERA model for policy makers.
The project concentrated on promoting a robust and flexible model by demonstrating its performance at different resolutions and across agro-ecological zones, and by ensuring its relevance to policy makers through impact assessment and scenario analysis. Soil erosion indicators developed from a physically based model will not only provide information on the state of soil erosion at any given time, but also assist in understanding the links between different factors causing erosion. A strong expert and end-user network was established across Europe.