River Basin Modelling using SWAT

This course introduces river basin modelling with SWAT and its calibration procedures.

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September 2020 edition online

This course will be offered in an online format due to the Covid-19 situation. The course's duration, content and learning objectives will remain unchanged, while the course fee is lower. You can contact the course coordinator for more information about the new -temporary- format of the course.

For whom?

The course is designed for professionals (engineers and scientists) active in the water sector, especially those involved in using simulation models for water management.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 11 October 2021
End: 15 October 2021
Deadline IHE application: 10 September 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1000

VAT is not included in the course fee

The Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is an integrated watershed model widely applied across the world to study hydrology, sediment, in-stream water quality, impact of land use, climate change and various water management interventions on water quantity and quality. In this course, participants will learn an overview of the SWAT model, with focus on hydrological process simulation. The calibration, validation and uncertainty analysis will be presented. The data needs, possible sources and required formats will be discussed. Several case studies will be presented during the course to enable the participants to learn from the available experience. In a workshop environment, participants will exercise on how to develop a SWAT model for a specific case study. 


The working knowledge of computer, in particular GIS is required. The participants should have a basic knowledge of hydrology and water resources management. Some experience on hydrological modelling will be an advantage.   

Course content

  1. An overview of the SWAT model and wide range of applications across the world.
  2. Data needs, possible sources and required formats for input into the model
  3. Theory and practice on the SWAT calibration and validation
  4. Development of a SWAT model for a selected case study basin


  • Lectures;
  • Computer exercises.

Lecturers and Guided exercises


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