International SWAT Conference held in Boulder
The 2009 International SWAT Conference was held Aug. 5-7 at the University of Colorado at Boulder and drew more than 160 attendees from 16 countries. SWAT, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, is a public domain model jointly developed by USDA Agricultural Research Service and The Texas A&M University System.
Conference presentations included SWAT development and application; large-scale assessment; landscape processes; GIS interfaces and databases; climate change; new developments and auto-calibration and uncertainty analysis. About 135 papers were presented and recorded. Presentations, the book of abstracts, and more information about the conference and upcoming regional SWAT conferences are all available on the conference Web site. Conference proceedings will also be posted soon.
SWAT is a river basin-scale model used to simulate the quality and quantity of surface and groundwater and predict the environmental impact of land management practices on different soil patterns and land use patterns. SWAT is widely used in soil erosion prevention and control, non-point source pollution control and regional management in watersheds.