I am doing an estimation of erosion with ArcGIS. I use the UniversalSoilLossEquation (USLE) for this.
Now, i want to calculate the L-factor of this equation. I need the FlowLength for this. My problem begins here: I calculated the Slope of the DEM --> Slope_DEM Now i want to do the following: I want to calculate the changes in slope angles between cells and create "NoData" if the change is more than 30%. Example: If one cell has a slope angle of 50° and the next cell has an angle of 25°, I want to create NoData cause the change of slope angle is more than 30% (here it is 50%). After this the flowlength resets
How can I realize this in ArcGIS?
Here is something I found in literature which describes what I want to do very well:
"This particular problems is addressed by the cutoff slope angle which is a user-input value. The cutoff slope angle is defined as the change in slope angle from one cell to the next along the flowdirection. This value ranges from 0 to 1 for all areas where the slope angle decreases from one cell to the next (if the slope angle increases, there will definitely be no deposition). Therefore, the user input value will range from 0 – 1 and be dependent upon the amount of sediment carried by overland flow. For example, an input value of zero will cause the slope length to reset every time there is a decrease in slope angle. An input value of one will cause the slope length to never reset. In an ideal world, this value would be set by an expert familiar with the particular area in question. However, this is not always feasible. The literature(Griffin,et al., 1988; Wilson, 1986) suggests references that a value closer to 0.5 (slopedecreasing by 50% or greater) is appropriate.