New Waves October 2010

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International SWAT Conference in Korea draws a diverse crowd

International SWAT Conference in Korea draws a diverse crowd The 2010 International SWAT Conference was held Aug. 4-6 at the Mayfield Hotel Grand Ballroom in Seoul, Korea, with a welcoming address from Dr. Yong-Joo Cho, president of the Korea Institute of Construction Technology (KICT). The conference drew more than 130 attendees from 10 countries. SWAT, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, is a public domain model jointly developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and The Texas A&M University System.

Presentations included SWAT development and application; large-scale assessment; landscape processes; climate change and new model developments.

"I strongly believe that the conference will contribute to strengthen the research on soil and water resources of the whole world," said Dr. Nam-Won Kim, director of KICT's Water Resources Research Division. Conference presentations, photos, and more information about the conference can be found on the conference website. Video presentations can also be viewed at

The 2011 International SWAT Conference is set for June 15-17 at the University of Castilla La Mancha in Toledo, Spain, with SWAT workshops being held prior to the conference on June 13-14.

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, nonpoint source pollution control and regional management in watersheds.

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