Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) Instructional Videos

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By Jane R Frankenberger1, Fariborz Daneshvar1

Purdue University

Instructional videos for the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)

Version 1.0 - published on 19 Jul 2019 doi:10.4231/08KP-6A11 - cite this Archived on 19 Aug 2019

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These videos provide an introduction to the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), a watershed scale model developed by the United States Department of Agriculture. It simulates long-term impacts of land use, land management, and climate change on hydrology and water quality, and is widely used around the world to improve water resource decisions. It is a comprehensive semi-distributed model that incorporates detailed information on topography, vegetation, soil, weather and land management practices within the watershed to simulate daily and sub-daily processes, using open source code with free geographic information system interfaces available for both ArcGIS and QGIS. These videos use the ArcSWAT interface. SWAT has been used in a wide range of water management studies conducted by university researchers, industrial and government agencies.

The videos were developed in response to the need for accessible instruction on using SWAT around the world. Learning to use SWAT is difficult due to the variety and number of input files, range of optional features and required decisions to be made by users, and the videos, which are also available at, provide a resource for the SWAT user community.

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These videos were developed in 2019 as part of the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Energy, Water and the Environment. 

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