of Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to
wildfire at Bayam Forest, Turkey
Tufekcioglu1*, M. Yavuz1, G. N. Zaimes2, M.
Dinc1, P. Koutalakis2 and A. Tufekcioglu1
Forestry, Artvin Coruh University, Seyitler-08000, Artvin, Turkey
Forestry and Natural Environment Management, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
Institute of Technology (EMaTTech),
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Digital elevation model,
Paper received : 08.06.2016
Revised received : 05.12.2016
Re-revised received :
Accepted : 09.03.2017
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water resources are a key for wildfire suppression. Hydrologic models are a
practical and essential tool for understanding the processes of hydrology and
managing water resources, but have not been utilized as frequently for
wildfire suppression. The goal of the present study was to use the Soil Water
Assessment Tools (SWAT) model to determine whether the stream water could be
managed sustainably in wildfire suppression at the Bayam Forest District in
Kastamonu Province, Turkey.
an input file, the SWAT model used soils, land-uses, weather data and
morphology of watershed based on the Digital Elevation Model (DEM). The model
was applied for period 2001-2013 in order to predict the water budget of the
study area and major streams within the studied district.
analysis of the hydrologic water budget indicated that 70% (573.8 mm) of the
annual precipitation (822 mm) was lost as evapotranspiration in the basin,
whereas 19%, 34% and 47% of the remaining total water yield (234.6 mm)
contributed to streams via surface runoff, groundwater flow and lateral flow,
the result of SWAT model indicated to a certain degree promising findings on
the availability of stream water and optimal placement of water reservoir for
the use of wildfire suppression.
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