Joint CSDMS-SEN annual meeting 2016: Capturing Climate Change

Using TopoFlow in the classroom

Irina Overeem

University of Colorado, Boulder, United States
Mark Piper University of Colorado, Boulder United States

TopoFlow is a spatially distributed hydrologic model that includes meteorology, snow melt, evapotranspiration, infiltration and flow routing components. It can model many different physical processes in a watershed with the goal of accurately predicting how various hydrologic variables will evolve in time in response to climatic forcings. In the past year, CSDMS IF staff integrated TopoFlow into the CSDMS Web Modeling Tool (WMT, and developed new lesson plans for use with it.

The first part of this clinic focuses on the technical aspects of working with TopoFlow in WMT, including how to: load and couple components, get information on a component, set parameters, upload data files, save a model, and run a model. We’ll discuss features of the TopoFlow implementation in WMT, and explain choices that were made in bringing TopoFlow to the web.

In the second part of the clinic, we’ll focus on science and education. We will run several TopoFlow simulations on the CSDMS HPCC through WMT. Participants will explore parameter settings, submit runs, and view netCDF output using NASA’s Panoply tool.

The learning outcomes of this clinic are to have better insight into the behavior of TopoFlow components, and the implementation of these in WMT. Participants will learn how to do TopoFlow model runs, and will have access to TopoFlow online labs and teaching resources lesson plans.

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Of interest for:
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group