from stakeholders’ views to scenario modeling

BIOWATER hosted a virtual  SWAT scenario workshop on 4-6 November 2020,  and the lecturer was the SWAT expert Dr. Eugenio Molina Navarro from the University of Madrid. Why is this an important topic for BIOWATER? Well, across the Nordic countries we have asked stakeholders of their beliefs about future land uses in a bioeconomy. We have compiled their answers on how the Nordic landscapes may change, and have in a systematic way transferred these views into future scenarios that can be modeled in catchment models. Now, the next step is to use the catchment models to predict how different land use changes will affect our water resources.

SWAT is short for the Soil & Water Assessment Tool. This is a catchment model that can simulate the environmental impacts of land use, land management practices, and climate change on water quality and quantity.

The fruitful workshop was a mixture of virtual hands-on exercises and presentations by Eugenio. He taught the participants different methods to implement land use and climate change scenarios into SWAT. The participants of the workshop included Joy Bhattacharjee (FI), Fatemeh Hashemi (DK), Csilla Farkas (NO), Alexander Engebretsen (NO); Attila Nemes (NO); Mette V. Carstensen (DK) and Brian Kronvang (DK).

With this workshop, the modelers of Module 4 are getting ready to implement the different land use scenarios based on the stakeholders’ answers, into their SWAT models set up for national catchments. The workshop was organised by the University of Aarhus, with Mette V. Carstensen and Brian Kronvang as the main organisers.

Screen shot of the participants of the virtual course on SWAT modelleling, Nov 4-6 2020. Clock-wise from top left: Eugenio, Joy, Attila, Brian, Fatemeh, Alexander and Csilla.

In another world, at another time, the participants could have met like this… (photo montage by Csilla Farkas)