Evaluation of SWAT for modelling the water balance of the Woady Yaloak River catchment, Victoria

Watson, B.M., Selvalingam, Selvadore and Ghafouri, M. 2003, Evaluation of SWAT for modelling the water balance of the Woady Yaloak River catchment, Victoria, in MODSIM 2003 : International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Jupiters Hotel and Casino, 14-17 July 2003 : integrative modelling of biophysical, social and economic systems for resource management solutions : proceedings, Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc., Canberra, A.C.T., pp. 1-6.

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Title Evaluation of SWAT for modelling the water balance of the Woady Yaloak River catchment, Victoria
Author(s) Watson, B.M.
Selvalingam, Selvadore
Ghafouri, M.
Conference name International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (2003 : Jupiters Hotel, Townsville, Queensland)
Conference location Townsville, Queensland
Conference dates 14-17 July 2003
Title of proceedings MODSIM 2003 : International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Jupiters Hotel and Casino, 14-17 July 2003 : integrative modelling of biophysical, social and economic systems for resource management solutions : proceedings
Editor(s) Post, David
Publication date 2003
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Keyword(s) hydrologic modelling
SWAT
water balance
physically-based
distributed model
Summary Future land use change will have a profound effect on the water balance of agricultural and rural catchments in Australia. It is therefore imperative that any such consequences likely to arise from impending land use changes are predicted accurately so that strategies can be implemented to minimise or prevent undesirable impacts to the water balance of catchments. SWAT is a comprehensive hydrologic model developed to predict the impacts of land use change on water balance. SWAT has been applied in Australia but it has not yet been widely adopted. The application of SWAT to the Woady Yaloak River catchment in southwest Victoria is described in this paper. SWAT is being evaluated to determine whether it is suitable for modelling the water balance of catchments in the southwest region of Victoria and to determine if it could be adopted as a planning tool to manage land use change. The results achieved in this initial application of SWAT were very pleasing. However it is shown that the groundwater and tree growth components of the model are not entirely adequate. These shortcomings with SWAT affect its ability to accurately model the water balance of catchments in Australia. It is recommended that both these components be modified to improve model performance.
ISBN 174052098X
9781740520980
Language eng
Field of Research 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2003 MODSIM
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005127

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