|NELSON, NATHAN - Kansas State University|
|VAN LIEW, MIKE - University Of Nebraska|
|SENAVIRATNE, ANOMA - University Of Missouri|
|BANDHARI, AMMAR - Kansas State University|
|LORY, JOHN - University Of Missouri|
Submitted to: Annual International SWAT Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/2/2014
Publication Date: 7/25/2014
Citation: Baffaut, C., Nelson, N., Van Liew, M., Senaviratne, A., Bandhari, A., Lory, J. 2014. Multi-site evaluation of APEX for crop and grazing land in the Heartland region of the US [abstract]. Annual International SWAT Conference. P. 73.
Technical Abstract: The Agricultural and Policy Environmental Extender (APEX) is powerful and useful to estimate the edge-of-field impacts of management practices. A drawback is that it needs to be calibrated for each site, which requires resources and data. The objective of this study was to compare annual model performance for flow, sediment and phosphorus transport under two parameterization schemes: an out-of-the-box (OOTB) parameterization based on readily available data and a fully calibrated parameterization based on site specific soil, weather, event flow and water quality data. The analysis was conducted for 18 watersheds at five different sites representing hydrologic conditions ranging from well to poorly drained soils and management systems covering row crop under different tillage systems and grazing systems. Model performance was based on the Nash Sutcliffe efficiency (NSE), the coefficient of determination (r2) and the regression slope between simulated and measured loads. Although the OOTB model performance for flow was acceptable (NSE = 0.5), calibration improved it (NSE = 0.6). Acceptable simulation of sediment and total phosphorus transport (NSE = 0.7 and 0.6, respectively) was obtained only after full calibration at each site. Analysis of the calibrated parameter sets is ongoing to define a regional APEX parameterization that will be further evaluated on additional sites. A regional parameterization will be beneficial to conservation and resource management agencies who consider using APEX as a management and prioritization tool and for regional analyses.