Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1347–1361, 2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1347–1361, 2021

Research article 11 Oct 2021

Research article | 11 Oct 2021

A hybrid data–model approach to map soil thickness in mountain hillslopes

Qina Yan et al.

Data sets

Qinayan/Soil-thickness: Soil thickness estimation (v1.0.0) Q. Yan

Custom NEON AOP reflectance mosaics and maps of shade masks, canopy water content, Watershed Function SFA P. Brodrick, T. Goulden, and K. D. Chadwick

NEON AOP Survey of Upper East River CO Watersheds: LAZ Files, LiDAR Surface Elevation, Terrain Elevation, and Canopy Height Rasters, Watershed Function SFA T. Goulden, B. Hass, E. Brodie, K. D. Chadwick, N. Falco, K. Maher, H. Wainwright, and K. Williams

Short summary
We develop a hybrid model to estimate the spatial distribution of the thickness of the soil layer, which also provides estimations of soil transport and soil production rates. We apply this model to two examples of hillslopes in the East River watershed in Colorado and validate the model. The results show that the north-facing (NF) hillslope has a deeper soil layer than the south-facing (SF) hillslope and that the hybrid model provides better accuracy than a machine-learning model.