G2 Model

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G2 model is a new model for erosion, resulted from the cooperation of Joint Research Centre/SOIL project and the Lab of Forest Management and Remote Sensing, School of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the framework of  geoland2 project. 

The model inherits experience of R-USLE and EPM and has been developed and revised through five consecutive case-studies, with a steady view to serve as an effective decision-making tool based on harmonized datasets and procedures. Indicative examples of harmonized and ready-to-use geospatial datasets, which at the same time meet the requirements of G2, include: Rainfall Erosivity Database at European Scale (REDES), Global Rainfall Erosivity Database (GloReDa), Copernicus vegetation layer FCover, CORINE Land Cover, Copernicus High Resolution Layer HRL-Imperviousness, LUCAS topsoil, ASTER-GDEM, EU-DEM, Sentinel 2 imagery, etc.


G2 is a quantitative model, mapping soil loss (G2los module) and sediment yield (G2sed module) on month-time intervals, designed to run in a GIS environment. A functional combination of G2 with Hakanson risk index has led to the introduction of a third module serving as a heavy metal spatial risk assessment module, namely the G2met.

Spatial scale of application in G2 is affected mainly by the topographic dataset, while temporal scale of G2 is set by default to month-time intervals.

G2los is an algorithm for producing month-time interval maps and statistics of soil loss caused by sheet and interrill erosion processes. The main erosion equation is:

Em = (Rm/Vm) * S * (T/L) 

Where Em: soil loss for month m (t ha-1); Rm: rainfall erosivity of month m (MJ mm ha-1 h-1); Vm: vegetation retention for month m (dimensionless); S: soil erodibility (t ha h MJ-1 ha-1 mm-1); T: topographic influence (dimensionless); L: landscape effect (dimensionless).


The G2sed module is designed to map area-specific sediment yield (SSY) at a watershed scale on month-time intervals, according to the following:

SSYm = SDR * Em

Where, SSYm: area-specific sediment yield during month m (t ha-1); SDR: sediment delivery ratio, in range [0,1] (values differentiated per watershed, dimensionless); Em: soil loss rate for month m (t ha-1).

G2 is designed to produce soil loss maps as raster layers at a 100-m resolution and sediment yield maps as vector layers at a 100-ha minimum mapping unit (MMU), on a month-time step. Several published studies of G2 implementation, e.g. in the cross-borders basin of river Strymonas/Struma (Greece and Bulgaria), in the basin of rivers Ishmi and Erzeni (Albania), in Korce (Albania), in the Mediterranean island of Crete (Greece), in the Cyprus island have provided realistic results.

For details in erosion factor and SDR calculations, you may refer to:

Karydas, C.G. and Panagos, P. 2018. The G2 erosion model: An algorithm for month-time step assessments, Environmental Research, 161: 256-267.

Download the Data

To get access to the data, please compile the Request form; instructions will then follow how to download the data. Soil erosion layers (Total & Monthly) plus Rainfall erosivity (Total & Monthly), vegetation retention (Total & Monthly), soil erodibility, topographic influence and slope intercept are available for the five (5) application areas:

  • Cyprus: 9251 Km2 - pixel size: 100m including sediment module
  • Crete island: 8336 Km2 (Greece) - Pixel size: 300m.
  • Ishmi-Erzeni watershed : 2,200 Km2 (Albania) - Pixel size: 300m.
  • Korce Region: 1690 Km2 (Albania) - Pixel size: 30m
  • Strymonas/Struma Catchment : 14.500 Km2 (Greece / Bulgaria) - Pixel size: 300m.

More Information - Links

A complete description of the G2 model and relevant applications (Strymonas, Crete, Albania) are provided in the following papers:

Download a user guide - presentation of G2 model.

Crete Erosion Map

Figure 1. Crete island, Greece; the Annual Erosion Map (t/ha) resulting from the month-step erosion maps.

 Figure 2. Ishmi-Erzeni watershed (Albania): the Annual Erosion Map (t/ha) resulting from the month-step erosion maps

Strymonas Strymonas

Figure 3. Strymonas/Struma catchment, Greece/Bulgaria: Indicative Month-step Erosion Maps (t/ha) (May, November).

land use distribution 

Figure 4. Temporal distribution of erosion rates in Crete for all land uses, agricultural land use and natural grasslands.

Fig. 5: Map of the adjusted SDR values of Cyprus per sub-basin.

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Title: G2 soil erosion model data
Resource Type: Datasets, Soil Projects Data
Registration requested: Request Form
Year: 2013
Publisher: JRC and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki