SWAT's Up!

SWAT's Up is a list of recent projects and activities happening in the SWAT community. If you have items to contribute to this section, please email Allan Jones at cajones@tamu.edu.

SWAT training course, December 1-3, 2016, Dakar, Senegal
December 5, 2016

From 1st to 3rd December 2016, a SWAT training course on “Initiation on SWAT model” has been delivered for 38 researchers, students and engineers at the UCAD-IRD Centre of Dakar-Hann (Dakar, Senegal) by José-Miguel Snchez-Pérez (CNRS, France) and Sabine Sauvage (CNRS, France) with the support of Didier Orange (IRD, France) and Amine Zettam (Université of Tlemcen, Algeria). This training course was coupled to the FRIEND-IAHS seminar (28th to 30th November at UCAD, Dakar), co-funding by PHI-UNESCO and IRD, with the key support from UCAD, EPS, OMVG.

During the SWAT training, 13 countries were represented, mainly from West Africa (Benin, Burkina, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal), Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia), Central Africa (Congo-Brazzaville, RCA and Zimbabwe) and Europe (Germany, France). This international cooperation South-South-North has addressed 11 River Basins from the whole African Continent, and has opened a large numbers of research opportunities on River Basin Management, Hydrology and Eco-hydrology.

SWAT training course, December 1-3, 2016, Dakar, Senegal

PHOENIX Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Model
January 4, 2016

Cesar Izaurralde, Bill McGill, and Jimmy Williams have incorporated the PHOENIX soil carbon and nitrogen model into APEX, giving users the option of choosing either the CENTURY or PHOENIX approaches to simulating soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics. For more information contact Dr. Williams (williams@brc.tamus.edu).

Plant Competition
December 28, 2015

Cody Zilberberg, Jay Angerer, Lori Metz, and Jimmy Williams are working to introduce both interspecies plant competition and selective grazing into APEX. They are using modules for plant competition based on the ALMANAC model and the selective grazing component of PHYGROW. This development will allow APEX to realistically simulate grazing by and weight gain of cattle, sheep, and goats, as well as calving and weaning dates, rotational grazing, and methane emissions. For more information contact Dr. Williams (williams@brc.tamus.edu).

Wetlands
December 21, 2015

Kate Behrman and Mari-Vaughn Johnson are working with Jimmy Williams to develop an improved wetland component for APEX. It is based on the denitrification subroutine developed by Cesar Izaurralde. Contact Dr. Behrman (kate.behrman@ars.usda.gov) for more information.

Bacteria
December 14, 2015

Kyung Hwa Cho is interested in fecal bacteria dynamics in surface waters. Since existing watershed models have limitation in simulating seasonal variability of fecal bacteria, he has developed new bacteria subroutines for SWAT to improve its prediction accuracy. He is testing the new modules with observations from different sites. For more information contact Dr. Cho (khcho@unist.ac.kr).

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