SWAT Literature Database for Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Title:SWAT performance as influenced by potential evapotransportation formulations in a Canadian watershed 
Authors:Maranda, B. and F. Anctil 
Journal:Transactions of the ASABE 
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Model:SWAT (modified) & SWAT 
Broad Application Category:hydrologic only 
Primary Application Category:evapotranspiration assessment 
Secondary Application Category:calibration, sensitivity, and/or uncertainty analysis 
Watershed Description:738 km^2 au Saumon River, located in southeast Quebec, Canada. 
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Abstract:Selecting a potential evapotranspiration formulation (PETF) for hydrological modeling is not a trivial task, so hydrologists often opt for a familiar formulation or one that is already available within the model they use. This article investigates the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) sensitivity to PETF, in terms of performance and behavior, in a contrasted climate context, for a Canadian catchment subject to spring freshet. For this matter, twenty PETFs are tested in addition to the three available in SWAT. The analysis consists of a Sobolʹ parameter sensitivity analysis and a shuffled complex evolution (SCE) calibration over four climatically contrasted periods. Results show that PETF affects SWAT’s performance, particularly in a dry climate, but also affects SWAT’s behavior in terms of parameter sensitivity and optimal parameter sets. These results stress the importance of selecting a PETF appropriate to the modeling objectives. 
Keywords:Hydrologic model, Model performance, Potential evapotranspiration, Sobol' sensitivity, SWAT.