March 2 water seminar to explore SWAT model

Texas A&M professor Raghavan Srinivasan will discuss the soil and water assessment tool in a free lecture on March 2. The talk, "Review of Water Quantity and Quality Applications of the SWAT Model in the USA," is 11 a.m. to noon in the Scott Engineering Center, room 111.

The soil and water assessment tool has been successfully applied and accepted worldwide as a means of assessing water quality and quantity. The SWAT model was developed jointly by the USDA-ARS and the Texas A&M University system over the past four decades. The model was first released in 1992, and since then it has gained significant momentum in development and adaptation around the world with more than 1,000 peer-reviewed publications published to date.

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Srinivasan's lecture is part of the Spring 2012 Water Seminar Series. The series is organized by the Nebraska Water Center (part of the Daugherty Water for Food Institute) and UNL's School of Natural Resources.

Srinivasan is a professor and director of the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M. Srinivasan received his B.E. in agricultural engineering from Tamilnadu Agricultural University in India; M.S. in agricultural engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand; and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Purdue University.

Srinivasan has become known and respected throughout the world for his developmental work with spatial sciences and computer-based modeling, especially the SWAT model. His research and its applications have contributed to long-lasting changes in natural resource assessments and development of management system options, currently being used in more than 90 countries. More than 50 graduate students worldwide are using the SWAT model as a central focus of their graduate research work and more than 20 universities have adapted the SWAT model as part of their graduate curriculum.

Srinivasan has also established collaborative projects with several international institutions for research and scientific exchanges where he has also delivered keynote addresses and hosted workshops. Over the past nine years, he has conducted more than 50 international workshops for students and professionals in more than 20 countries and the demand is increasing each year.

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