Visualization workflows for level-12 HUC scales: Towards an expert system for watershed analysis in a distributed computing environment

Lorne Leonard, Chris Duffy

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Visualization workflows are important services for expert users to analyze watersheds when using our HydroTerre end-to-end workflows. Analysis is an interactive and iterative process and we demonstrate that the expert user can focus on model results, not data preparation, by using a web application to rapidly create, tune, and calibrate hydrological models anywhere in the continental USA (CONUS). The HydroTerre system captures user interaction for provenance and reproducibility to share modeling strategies with modelers. Our end-to-end workflow consists of four workflows. The first is data workflows using Essential Terrestrial Variables (ETV) data sets that we demonstrated to construct watershed models anywhere in the CONUS (Leonard and Duffy, 2013). The second is data-model workflows that transform the data workflow results to model inputs. The model inputs are consumed in the third workflow, model workflows (Leonard and Duffy, 2014a) that handle distribution of data and model within High Performance Computing (HPC) environments. This article focuses on our fourth workflow, visualization workflows, which consume the first three workflows to form an end-to-end system to create and share hydrological model results efficiently for analysis and peer review. We show how visualization workflows are incorporated into the HydroTerre infrastructure design and demonstrate the efficiency and robustness for an expert modeler to produce, analyze, and share new hydrological models using CONUS national datasets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-178
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecological Modeling


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