University of FloridaDepartment of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

ABE 6254: Simulation of Agricultural Watershed Systems

Semester: Fall (every other year)
Credits: 3

Catalog Description

Characterization and simulation of agricultural watershed systems including land and channel phase hydrologic processes and pollutant transport processes. Investigation of the structure and capabilities of current agricultural watershed computer models.


Working knowledge of hydrology and Fortran programming.

Course Objectives

  • Investigate the nature and structure of hydrologic and transport models as they pertain to agricultural systems.
  • Develop an understanding of several presently available models.
  • Get hands-on experience with one model.
  • Provide opportunities for presentation experience.
  • Study applications of these models to specific problems.
  • Develop an understanding concerning the selection and application of these models.


Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena
287 Frazier Rogers Hall
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL  32611-0570
(352) 392-1864 x287
(352) 392-4092 (fax)

Dr. Gregory A. Kiker
291 Frazier Rogers Hall
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL  32611-0570
(352) 392-1864 x291
(352) 392-4092 (fax)

Use WebCT E-mail for Class Correspondence

WebCT Class website:  (click on Vista)

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Class Materials

Material/Supply Fees


Required Textbook

Reading materials on WebCT and on reserve in department and library.

Recommended Reading

Class notes and material on WebCT.

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Course Outline

Week Topics
1 Hydrologic Modeling of Small Watersheds Introduction
Model Classification
Model Overviews
  ACRU 2000, ANSWERS 2000, SWAT 2000
Model Application and Selection
User Interfaces, GIS, and Decision Support Systems
2 Hydrologic Model Components Precipitation
Surface Runoff
Subsurface Flow
Erosion Processes
Chemical Movement
3 Model Calibration and Testing
4 Student Model Presentations
5 Model Component Comparisons
6 Model Application Examples
7 Student Model Performance Presentations

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Attendance and Expectations

The course will consist of three lectures per week, a term project, significant class participation, a mid-term examination, and a written critique of the models.

A combined lecture-discussion method of presentation will be used with extensive input expected from the students. Class attendance is highly encouraged since it is difficult, if not impossible, to make up a lost class discussion that, in many cases, will be composed of material drawn from numerous sources in the research literature.

The term project will focus on a detailed study of a particular watershed computer model including oral presentation of the selected model to the class, a written report on the model, and documentation of an actual application of the model by the student, to a specified watershed.

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Grading Scale
A 90-100% C 70-74
B+ 85-89 D+ 65-69
B 80-84 D 60-64
C+ 75-79 F <60

Grading Method Percent
Model Component Presentation 12.5%
Model Component Written Report 12.5%
Model Performance Presentation 12.5%
Model Performance Written Report 12.5%
Midterm Exam 25%
Written Critique of Models 25%

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Academic Honesty

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

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Use of Library, Personal References, PC Programs & Electronic Databases

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Software Use

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UF Counseling Services

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This page was last updated on July 13, 2019.