Articles | Volume 23, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3155–3174, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3155-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3155–3174, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3155-2019

Research article 31 Jul 2019

Research article | 31 Jul 2019

A salinity module for SWAT to simulate salt ion fate and transport at the watershed scale

Ryan T. Bailey et al.

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Salinity is one of the most common water quality threats in river basins and irrigated regions worldwide. Available watershed models, however, do not simulate the fate and transport of salt species. This paper presents a modified version of the popular SWAT watershed model that simulates the transport of major salt ions in a watershed system. Salt is transported via surface runoff, soil percolation, groundwater flow, and streamflow. The model can be used in salt-affected watersheds worldwide.