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CSDMS 2022: Environmental Extremes and Earthscape Evolution

Rapid hypothesis testing and analysis with the open-source delta model pyDeltaRCM

Jayaram Hariharan

University of Texas, United States

In this clinic, we will introduce and experiment with open-source tools designed to promote rapid hypothesis testing for river delta studies. We will show how pyDeltaRCM, a flexible Python model for simulating river delta evolution, can be extended to incorporate any arbitrary processes or forcings. We will highlight how object-oriented model design enables community-driven model development, and how this promotes reproducible science. Our clinic will develop an extended model to simulate deltaic evolution into receiving basins with different slopes. Then, the clinic will step through some basic analyses of the model runs, interrogating both surface processes and subsurface structure. Our overall goal is to familiarize you with the tools we are developing and introduce our approach to software design, so that you may adopt these tools or strategies in your research. Please note that familiarity with Python will be beneficial for this clinic, but is not required. Hands-on examples will be made available via an online programming environment (Google CoLab or similar); instructions for local installation on personal computers will be provided prior to the workshop as well.

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Marine Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Chesapeake Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • Human Dimensions Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group
  • Coastal Vulnerability Initiative
  • River Network Modeling Initiative