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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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.