Visualization of water datasets

2019 Cyberseminar Series

Presenter(s):
Anthony Cannistra / Cannistra, University of Washington

Talk Description

Geospatial data, especially those in hydrology, are uniquely suited to compelling and practical visualization. Maps, in particular, are not only tools for developing an initial understanding of a new set of data but are also used widely to disseminate analytical results in a native manner. This seminar will develop both a high-level understanding of the practice of visualizing geospatial data and practical skills in Python for easily creating geospatial visualizations. In particular, we will discuss the importance of (and historical precedent for) creating a visual narrative for the dissemination of information, concerns regarding cartographic projections, a brief overview of common geospatial data types, and provide live demonstrations of common open-source geospatial data visualization packages in Python using hydrologic datasets.

CUAHSI's 2019 Cyberseminar Series: Waterhackweek

Hosted by CUAHSI and University of Washington

Studies of water and environmental systems are becoming increasingly complex and require the integration of knowledge across multiple domains. At the same time, technological advances have enabled the collection of massive quantities of data for studying earth system changes. Fully leveraging these datasets and software tools requires fundamentally new approaches in the way researchers store, access and process data. Waterhackweek, supported by the National Science Foundation Cybertraining program, serves the national interest by motivating a culture shift within the hydrologic and more broadly earth science communities toward open and reproducible software practices that will enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and increase capacity for addressing complex science challenges around the availability, risks and use of water. This cyberseminar series consists of presentations from the Cybertraining investigators and research software developers, each focusing on a specific water-related use cases, tool, or library. Topics will consist of both introductory and advanced concepts that are relevant to a wide range of water and informatics use-cases, e.g. publishing large datasets, running numerical models, organizing collaborative research projects, and meeting journal requirements by following open data standards. The goal of the 2019 series is to prepare the incoming Waterhackweek (March 25-29, 2019) participants for the in-person capstone event in which their skills and creativity will be used to address natural hazards, however, these topics and technologies are also relevant to the broader water science community. We welcome all undergraduate, graduate, and early career scientists to join us in this public cyberseminar series.