Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1347–1361, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-1347-2021
Earth Surf. Dynam., 9, 1347–1361, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-9-1347-2021

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.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esurf-2020-110', Nicholas Patton, 28 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Qina Yan, 31 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esurf-2020-110', Jon Pelletier , 01 Mar 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Qina Yan, 31 Mar 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Qina Yan on behalf of the Authors (31 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (24 Apr 2021) by Cornelia Rumpel
RR by Jon Pelletier (24 Apr 2021)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (25 Apr 2021) by Cornelia Rumpel
AR by Qina Yan on behalf of the Authors (07 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Jul 2021) by Cornelia Rumpel
RR by Jon Pelletier (27 Jul 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Jul 2021) by Cornelia Rumpel
AR by Qina Yan on behalf of the Authors (30 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (31 Aug 2021) by Cornelia Rumpel
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (31 Aug 2021) by Niels Hovius(Editor)
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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.