Providing online access to hydrological model simulations through interactive geospatial animations

Brooking, Charles and Hunter, Jane (2013) Providing online access to hydrological model simulations through interactive geospatial animations. Environmental Modelling and Software, 43 163-168. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.01.011


Author Brooking, Charles
Hunter, Jane
Title Providing online access to hydrological model simulations through interactive geospatial animations
Journal name Environmental Modelling and Software   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1364-8152
1873-6726
Publication date 2013-05
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.01.011
Volume 43
Start page 163
End page 168
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Hydrological transport models are a vital tool in understanding and improving the health of water ecosystems. However, there are significant barriers that prevent the sharing and re-use of the modelling software and the outputs from modelling various scenarios. Technical barriers to providing models on the Web include: the volume of data involved, the complexity of the software that executes the models, and the computational demands of model execution. In this paper, we describe a Web-based repository developed to provide high-speed, interactive access to online simulations of hydrological models. The models are executed in advance and the results cached to expedite delivery. The adoption of an open-source geospatial platform minimises latency and allows streaming of animated model results. Interactive access to such visualisations enables users to rapidly understand the impact of alternative management actions on water quality. We demonstrate our system in terms of the Receiving Water Quality Model applied to the Moreton Bay system of South-East Queensland by local water authorities. By adopting a Web-based platform and open standards, we enable previously inaccessible models and datasets to be made available for exploration and re-use by a wider set of stakeholders and decision makers.
Keyword Hydrological models
Online simulations
Interactive access
Decision support systems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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