Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Science & Environmental Policy


he purpose of this project was to test the appropriateness and validity of using the software package KINEROS to model the Gabilan Creek Watershed, located in the Monterey County, California. The modeling is part of the larger Salinas Valley Project. The Salinas Valley Project is an ongoing research project being carried out by a team of faculty and students at Cal State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) within the Earth Systems Science and Policy (ESSP) department. The goal of the Salinas Valley Project is to study the effects of human impact on the watersheds and the biogeochemical cycles of the Salinas Valley, in order to predict the probable outcomes of further increase in the human population within the valley. This in turn will be used to help shape policy in regards to further development and land use within the Salinas Valley. While the running of the model proved to be quite difficult, a successful simulation was eventually accomplished. The results suggest that KINEROS will be a viable method for modeling the Gabilan Creek Watershed.


Capstone Project (B.S.) Earth Systems Science & Policy Institute

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