Blue Nile SWAT models setup using QSWAT Workflow v1.5.8 and QSWAT GUI

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Created: Oct 21, 2019 at 4:05 p.m.
Last updated: Oct 22, 2019 at 8:53 a.m.
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Most catchment modelling software use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to support model applications. A GUI is generally user-friendly for novice users but opens sources of irreproducible research. We illustrate this risk by showing that none of the 10 Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) studies over the Upper Blue Nile Basin report all settings required to reproduce the model results. We present a workflow (QSWAT Workflow) that promotes reproducibleSWAT model studies while remaining user-friendly for both novice and expert users. The workflow creates a SWAT model based on namelist file while maintaining GUI compatibility. We applied the workflow to the Blue Nile catchment and show that it yields the same results as QSWAT GUI. We conclude that such user-friendly workflows can help reduce cases of irreproducible catchment studies and offer opportunities for increased transparency and reusability of hydrological models. The workflow is publicly available on

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS 84 EPSG:4326
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Decimal degrees


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Model Output
Includes output files? Yes

Executed By
Name Unspecified

Model Objective
SWAT model objectives Hydrology, Software Update Tests

Simulation Type
SWAT simulation type Normal Simulation

Model Method
Runoff calculation method SCS Curve Number
Flow routing method Variable Storage
PET estimation method Penman-Monteith

How to Cite

CHAWANDA, C. J. (2019). Blue Nile SWAT models setup using QSWAT Workflow v1.5.8 and QSWAT GUI, HydroShare,

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