SWAT Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Title:Assessment of streamflow from EURO-CORDEX regional climate simulations in semi-arid catchments using the SWAT model 
Authors:Martínez-Salvador, A., A. Millares, J.P.C. Eekhout and C. Conesa-García 
Volume (Issue):13(13) 
Article ID:7120 
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Broad Application Category:hydrologic only 
Primary Application Category:climate change 
Secondary Application Category:hydrologic assessment 
Watershed Description:169 km^2 Upper Mula River, a tributary of the Segura River, and 44.9 km^2 ephemeral Algeciras River, a tributary of the Gudalentin River, which are both located in southeastern Spain. 
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Abstract:This research studies the effect of climate change on the hydrological behavior of two semi-arid basins. For this purpose, the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model was used with the simulation of two future climate change scenarios, one Representative Concentration Pathway moderate (RCP 4.5) and the other extreme (RCP 8.5). Three future periods were considered: close (2019–2040), medium (2041–2070), and distant (2071–2100). In addition, several climatic projections of the EURO-CORDEX model were selected, to which different bias correction methods were applied before incorporation into the SWAT model. The statistical indices for the monthly flow simulations showed a very good fit in the calibration and validation phases in the Upper Mula stream (NS = 0.79–0.87; PBIAS = −4.00–0.70%; RSR = 0.44–0.46) and the ephemeral Algeciras stream (NS = 0.78–0.82; PBIAS = −8.10–−8.20%; RSR = 0.4–0.42). Subsequently, the impact of climate change in both basins was evaluated by comparing future flows with those of the historical period. In the RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5 scenarios, by the end of the 2071–2100 period, the flows of the Upper Mula stream and the ephemeral Algeciras stream will have decreased by between 46.3% and 52.4% and between 46.6% and 55.8%, respectively. 
Keywords:climate change, SWAT model, EURO-CORDEX, bias correction methods, Segura basin, ephemeral streams