A spatio-temporal drought analysis for the Midwestern US
15 Jun 2009 | Publications | Contributor(s): Rao S Govindaraju, Dev Niyogi
Droughts are prolonged abnormalities of moisture deficits that vary widely across temporal and spatial scales. Many hydrometeorologic variables are used to monitor the status of a drought. However, because of the dependence structure between all affecting variables under various temporal...
A copula-based joint deficit index for droughts
31 Mar 2010 | Publications | Contributor(s): Rao S Govindaraju
Current drought information is based on indices that do not capture the joint behaviors of hydrologic variables. To address this limitation, the potential of copulas in characterizing droughts from multiplevariables is explored in this study. Starting from the standardized index (SI) algorithm,...
Urban Ecosystem Design
07 Jun 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Daniel Gerardo Aliaga
We address the open problem of spatial distribution of vegetation in urban environments by introducing a user-guided simulation and procedural system for integrating plants into the interactive design process of 3D urban models. Our approach uses as input 3D geometry of an urban layout from...
A Web-Based Interface for SWAT Modeling on the TeraGrid
06 Jun 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Lan Zhao, Carol Song, Rao S Govindaraju, Indrajeet Chaubey
The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) is a river basin scale model developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). It is widely used by researchers in various scientific domains to study the impact of land management practices on water quantity, sediment, and water quality in...
Delivering Real-time Satellite Data to a Broader Audience
06 Jun 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Lan Zhao, Carol Song, Larry Biehl
This paper presents our work of enhancing the existing cyberinfrastructure using Web 2.0 technologies for delivering real time satellite data to a broader audience. As a resource provider on the TeraGrid, Purdue University hosts several data collections for earth and environmental research,...
CSCAP-U2U Survey Enhancement Proposal
08 Aug 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Melissa Widhalm, Linda Prokopy
Collaborators from the CS-CAP and U2U projects have developed a funding proposal to support expansion of survey research into 26 critical Midwestern watersheds. This proposal is being submitted to numerous agencies and groups.
USDA Year 2 Continuation Grant -- Project Narrative
25 Aug 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Melissa Widhalm
The Project Narrative submitted to USDA for the U2U Year 2 Continuation Grant includes 1) a work description for year 2 activities and 2) a year 1 progress update.
A TeraGrid Science Gateway for Studying Hydrological Extremes using a Land Data Assimilation System
06 Jun 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Lan Zhao, Carol Song, Rao S Govindaraju, Dev Niyogi
A TeraGrid enabled science gateway to study surface hydrology is under development at Purdue University. Such a gateway is needed for class room and graduate research as well as for developing a multidisciplinary framework that integrates environmental observatories and tools for drought/flood...
Evaluating a New Deposition Velocity Module in the Noah Land-Surface Model
13 Jun 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Dev Niyogi
The community Noah land-surface model (Noah LSM) has been modified tocouple with a photosynthesis-transpiration scheme (GEM) to estimate the deposition veloc-ity (Vd ) for air quality studies. This new capability of the Noah-GEM model was testedin a point version of the National Center for...
Modeling the Appearance and Behavior of Urban Spaces
16 Jun 2011 | Publications | Contributor(s): Daniel Gerardo Aliaga
Urban spaces consist of a complex collection of buildings, parcels, blocks and neighborhoods interconnectedby streets. Accurately modeling both the appearance and the behavior of dense urban spaces is a significantchallenge. The recent surge in urban data and its availability via the Internet...