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Agricultural terrace

Agricultural terraces are a prominent human fingerprint on the landscape and are widely spread on the majority of continents on the earth (Tarolli et al. 2014). As terraces interrupt the slope gradient and lead to a stepwise decrease of slopes, terracing has an impact on hydrological processes: a) increase of water infiltration, b) control of overland flow and velocity and c) contribution to a reduction in soil erosion (Tarolli et al. 2014 and literature cited herein).