Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associated Prof., Faculty of Natural Resources and Desert Studies, University of Yazd, I.I.IRAN.

2 Ph.D. Student of Watershed Management, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, I.I.IRAN.


WEPP model needs a great deal of input data. Identifying the model’s sensitive parameters and
their prioritization increases the accuracy and efficiency of the model. On the other hand, WEPP
model can simulate processes affecting on runoff, erosion and sediment throughout the year. Thus,
model sensitivity must vary based on the storm occurrence time and parameters value in different
sections of the year. To prove this assumption, two spring and autumn storm events related to 2008
were selected and sensitivity analysis of the WEPP model was done in three plots with different
conditions in Sanganeh watershed. For sensitivity analysis, the OAT method was used and
sensitivity degree of parameters was calculated. Obtained results show that the rate of sand is the
most sensitive parameter of WEPP model. This parameter was followed by other parameters like
clay percent, effective hydraulic conductivity, height and intensity of rainfall, day degree of
growing, growing season and percent of growing season when leaf area index decreases. Most
variations are observed in prioritization of sensitive parameter in the plant/ management file. In
most cases, sensitivity degree of these parameters in autumn event comparing to the spring event
has significantly reduced in all plots. In general, obtained results show that the rate of sensitivity of
the WEPP model to different parameters varies during the time. Hence, for using this complex
model in regions with data limitation, the user must be aware to this issue that regarding storm time,
which parameter is more sensitive in the pilot area and need to be carefully measured in the field.