Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya

Christopher A Scott, M. F. Walter

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Abstract

Local ("indigenous') knowledge and conventional ("modern') science are both limited in their abilities to mitigate soil erosion hazard in the Himalaya. Local knowledge primarily responds over the long term and over areas beyond the actual site of soil loss. Conventional science emphasizes erosion control in the short term and on-site. A case study from the Shivalik Hills in India is used to demonstrate these complementarities. The local dialect contains a detailed lexicon for landforms, soils, hydrology, and erosion, suggesting that environmental processes are understood. In the local approach to erosion, land use is altered to maintain biomass productivity. Conventional science seeks to reduce downstream sedimentation by controlling erosion through structural and vegetative techniques. In the Shivaliks, local approaches are complemented by conventional techniques (sediment traps, earthen dams and planting trees and grasses). In the process, productivity has increased and sedimentation has been reduced. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMountain Research & Development
Pages61-72
Number of pages12
Volume13
Edition1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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traditional knowledge
soil science
erosion
sedimentation
indigenous knowledge
productivity
tree planting
erosion control
complementarity
sediment trap
landform
soil erosion
hydrology
soil
dam
hazard
grass
land use
biomass
science

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  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Scott, C. A., & Walter, M. F. (1993). Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya. In Mountain Research & Development (1 ed., Vol. 13, pp. 61-72)

Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya. / Scott, Christopher A; Walter, M. F.

Mountain Research & Development. Vol. 13 1. ed. 1993. p. 61-72.

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Scott, CA & Walter, MF 1993, Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya. in Mountain Research & Development. 1 edn, vol. 13, pp. 61-72.
Scott CA, Walter MF. Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya. In Mountain Research & Development. 1 ed. Vol. 13. 1993. p. 61-72
Scott, Christopher A ; Walter, M. F. / Local knowledge and conventional soil science approaches to erosional processes in the Shivalik Himalaya. Mountain Research & Development. Vol. 13 1. ed. 1993. pp. 61-72
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