SWAT Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Title:Assessment on hydrologic response by climate change in the Chao Phraya River Basin, Thailand 
Authors:Ligaray, M., H. Kim, S. Sthiannopkao, S. Lee, K.H. Cho and J.H. Kim 
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Broad Application Category:hydrologic only 
Primary Application Category:climate change  
Secondary Application Category:calibration, sensitivity, and/or uncertainty analysis 
Watershed Description:160,000 km^2 Chao Phraya River, located in northwest Thailand 
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Abstract:The Chao Phraya River in Thailand has been greatly affected by climate change and the occurrence of extreme flood events, hindering its economic development. This study assessed the hydrological responses of the Chao Phraya River basin under several climate sensitivity and greenhouse gas emission scenarios. The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model was applied to simulate the streamflow using meteorological and observed data over a nine-year period from 2003 to 2011. The SWAT model produced an acceptable performance for calibration and validation, yielding Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency (NSE) values greater than 0.5. Precipitation scenarios yielded streamflow variations that corresponded to the change of rainfall intensity and amount of rainfall, while scenarios with increased air temperatures predicted future water shortages. High CO2 concentration scenarios incorporated plant responses that led to a dramatic increase in streamflow. The greenhouse gas emission scenarios increased the streamflow variations to 6.8%, 41.9%, and 38.4% from the reference period (2003–2011). This study also provided a framework upon which the peak flow can be managed to control the nonpoint sources during wet season. We hope that the future climate scenarios presented in this study could provide predictive information for the river basin. 
Keywords:hydrology; Chao Phraya; SWAT