Online Course: Hydrological Modeling with QSWAT


QSWAT is an implementation of the Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) in QGIS. The model was developed to quantify the impact of land managenemet in large basins. It combines a hydrological model with a water quality model. It works on HRUs or hidrological response units, a computational unit of area with homogeneous hydrological conditions and land cover. QSWAT is available only on the 32 bit version of QGIS 2.6 as a QGIS plugin.

QSWAT can simulate the water cycle in basins to determine the impacts in a period of time taking into account multiple variables. Also, this model is used to predict the effects of land use and management in water flow, amount of sediments and chemistry in basins, mainly in basins that do not have previous monitoring information. It is also used in big and complex basins that have a variety of different types of soils and management practices. Hatarilabs offers the online course of Hydrological Modeling with QSWAT for students and professionals of any country. To access the available material and receive support, you just have to make a payment. The course includes certification.



This course aims:

  • The students get familiar with QSWAT Interface.

  • The students understand the Software’s tools and functioning.

  • Understand the mechanism SWAT data entry and databases.

  • Implement data related to soils, topography, climate, etc., for the model.

  • Simulation of models and compare the results.


Course content

The course consists of a total of 20 hours. The contents of the course are separated in 6 lessons as follows:

Session 1

Practical part

  • Installing QGIS

  • Installing QSWAT and SWAT Editor.

  • Introduction to QSWAT and QGIS.

  • File format types in QSWAT.

  • Processing rasters and shapes in QSWAT.

Session 2

Practical part

  • Delineation of watersheds.

  • Import files to the database SWAT.

  • Generation of HRU's.

  • Introduce of meteorological stations and variables.

  • Definition and processing model.

  • Outputs display: static, animation and plot.

Session 3

Practical part

  • Obtaining DEM's for simulation.

  • Obtaining raster soil type and land use.

  • Download meteorological variables: Data global climate.

  • Processing the data in QGIS.

Session 4

Practical part

  • Insertion of data base QSWAT.

  • Review of basin with SWAT Editor

  • Display of variables.

  • Routing display.

Session 5

Practical part

  • Implementation of model SWAT with complete data using neural networks.

  • Analyze meteorological data from stations.

  • Analysis of Weather Generator.

  • Generation of meteorological basis for QSWAT files.

Session 6

Practical part

  • Delineation of the basin and sub-basin.

  • Definition of outputs and inputs as points.

  • Comparing variables for subbasin with actual values vs simulated results.



Marycarmen Martínez M.Sc.
Environmental Engineer - Sciences and Geosciences

Miss. Martinez is an Environmental Engineer from the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP) - Mexico with post-graduate studies in Science in Geosciences from James Cook University - Australia. Ms. Martinez has great analytical capacity to identify impacts based on GIS focused on the environment. She has extensive experience in risk and environmental impact, developing maps and models. She has participated in sustainable projects for rural communities and projects for the conservation and sustainable use of water and soil.



Here are some details of each methodology:

  • Manuals and files for the exercises will be delivered.

  • The course will be developed by videos on private web platform.

  • There is online support for questions regarding the exercises developed in the course.

  • Digital certificate available at the end of the course.

  • Video of the classes will be available for 2 months.

  • To receive the digital certificate you must submit the exercises after 1 month.

Cost and payment

The cost of the course is $ 160 dollars

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Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.