2021 Distinguished Lecture Series - David Tarboton

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2021 Distinguished Lecture Series

David Tarboton
Professor and Director,
Utah Water Research Laboratory, USA

HydroShare: A system for data sharing and collaboration in hydrology by hydrologists for hydrologists

HydroShare is a web-based repository and hydrologic information system operated by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) for users to share, collaborate around, and publish data, models, scripts, and applications associated with water related research. This presentation will step away from the science of water security breakthroughs and instead describe the development of CUAHSI HydroShare with a focus on the information technology key to supporting the transparency and reproducibility needed to enhance trust in the findings of hydrologic research by making hydrologic information more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR), and through linked computational systems simplifying the workflows needed for hydrologic modeling and analysis.

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Dr. Tarboton's research interests are in the areas of surface water hydrology at the disciplinary interface between hydrology and information technology. He focuses on advancing the capability for hydrologic prediction by developing models that take advantage of new information and process understanding enabled by new technology. He strives to advance understanding through research that synthesizes modeling and numerical analysis with field observations and hydrologic information systems. This is motivated by the problems faced by hydrologists being multi-faceted requiring the integration of information from multiple sources and the need to advance and tailor computing systems to the needs of hydrologists to pursue the general understanding needed to advance physically based hydrologic prediction.

Dr. Tarboton leads the development of HydroShare (www.hydroshare.org), a hydrologic information system for sharing hydrologic data and models operated by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. HydroShare is a platform for users to share and publish data and models in a variety of flexible formats, and to make this information available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner in support of transparent and reproducible science. Hydroshare also includes tools (web apps) that can act on content in HydroShare providing users with a gateway to computing and analysis.

Dr. Tarboton also works on terrain analysis for hydrology, terrain stability mapping and stream sediment inputs, geomorphology, stochastic and nonparametric statistical methods in hydrology, and snow hydrology. His group has developed and supports open source software packages implementing many of the research capabilities developed. This includes the Terrain Analysis using Digital Elevation Models (TauDEM) package for derivation of hydrologic information from digital elevation models, and the Utah Energy Balance snowmelt model.

Distinguished Lecture Series 2021

This lecture is part of the GIWS Distinguished Lecture Series 2021. Click below for more information on the series, including a full schedule and an archive of previous years.

Distinguished Lecture Series


Event Details

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST