Zhiqiang (Michael) Yu
Ph.D. Municipal Engineering
SWAT Output Viewer is a by-product of my post-doc research at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2013-2014. I was working on model calibration for three watersheds. Had tried few options including VIZSWAT, I decided to create a tool to quickly view and analyze the model outputs without producing lots of extra files (e.g. Excel files).
The design principle for this tool is simple, fast, effective, and of course free. All the functions are designed to serve the modelers to help make the model calibration (manually or automatic) process easier. The tool provides various ways to view the outputs with a single click. All the operations are on the fly. No extra files are generated.
After the tool is developed, I found it’s also a good presentation tool. Any results could be displayed in a second upon request. This is important as you will never know which part of the results people want to see. I frequently use this tool in my report meeting and people love it.
It’s also a good tool to quickly review the model submitted by others. Reviewers will not be limited to the summary results given in the reports. They could use this tool to find more information about the model. Due to the same reason, it will also make the model more useful as the use of the tool doesn’t require a deep understanding of SWAT model structure.
Hope you find this tool helpful for your work.