Peer Review of the Watershed Assessment Model

Sponsor Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award Dates 07/01/2008 – 06/30/2009

Participants


Project Lead Graham, Wendy D Additional Participants Donigian, Anthony (Aqua Terra Consultants) Muñoz-Carpena, Rafael Skaggs, Wayne (North Carolina State University) Shirmohammadi, Adel (University of Maryland)

Goals and Objectives


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) contracted with the University of Florida Water Institute to convene a panel of experts to perform a review of the Watershed Assessment Model (WAM) as described in WAM Technical Model Documentation © Soil and Water Engineering Technology, Inc. 2008, Revised September 2008. The essence of the Panel’s task was to “conduct an independent and objective peer review of the functionality and documentation of the WAM as a watershed-scale modeling tool for addressing water resources issues in Florida” using the model developers’ latest documentation as the primary source of information about the model. The Panel interpreted the mandate broadly, seeking to judge the adequacy of the model for its stated objectives and judging whether the written documentation articulates sufficiently the capabilities of the model for its intended use. It should be noted that the Panel could not, nor attempted to, judge the accuracy of the coding of the model nor did it perform quality control exercises to vouch that it is error free.

Available Outputs


Title: Peer Review of the Watershed Assessment Model (WAM) Authors: Graham, W. D., Donigian, A. S., Muñoz-Carpena, R., Skaggs, W. and A. Shirmohammadi