Blackland scientists are developing new technologies and management strategies to improve water, soil, and other natural resources on agricultural, urban, and military lands in central Texas and around the world. The EPIC (Erosion Productivity Impact Calculator, APEX (Agricultural Policy Environment Extender), SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool), and PHYGROW (for a forage production-run-off) models are deployed world-wide as people seek to: increase agriculture production and water supply; improve the environment and the economic well-being of people; and increase the sustainability of land.
Dr. Santhi Chinnasamy (Ph.D., Anna University, Madras, India) conducts hydrologic and environmental research to assess the impacts of agricultural and natural resource systems. Develops, tests and improves agriculture and natural resource simulation models. Dr. Chinnasamy develops tools/programs for input management with watershed modeling, and assessment of agricultural management impacts on water quality. Heis interested in the improving the performance of irrigation through the development of Management Information Systems.