Training course on watershed modeling

August 15, 2011 at 6:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New tools for watershed modeling: the SWAT team is ready for action

The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a simulation model that helps understand soil and water dynamics at watershed scale. A specialized training course was held in Jordan, 9-14 July, to assist national partners in the use of SWAT for watershed modeling in different dryland agro-ecosystems. The participants included researchers working on joint projects in Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Syria. The training began with a field visit to a research site at Al-Majidyya for familiarization with field measurements for water harvesting. This was followed by two days of classroom work and three days of on-the-job training using data collected during the previous seasons from Ethiopia, Jordan and Syria.

The ‘SWAT team’ providing the training was led by Prof. Raghavan Srinivasan, Director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M University, leader of the team that developed the model. This course is the beginning of a planned long-term partnership with Texas A&M University within the framework of USAID-funded projects.

The course was inaugurated by Dr Faisal Awawdeh, Director General of Jordan’s National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension. ICARDA representatives included Dr Theib Oweis, Director of the Integrated Water and Land Management Program; Dr Nasri Haddad, Coordinator, West Asia Regional Program, and Dr Feras Ziadat, Sioil Conservation and Land Management Specialist.

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