Towards an integrated GIS-based coastal forecast workflow

Gabrielle Allen, Philip Bogden, Gerry Creager, Chirag Dekate, Carola Jesch, Hartmut Kaiser, Jon McLaren, Will Perrie, Gregory W. Stone, Xiongping Zhang

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The SURA Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction (SCOOP) program is using geographical information system (GIS) technologies to visualize and integrate distributed data sources from across the United States and Canada. Hydrodynamic models are run at different sites on a developing multi-institutional computational Grid. Some of these predictive simulations of storm surge and wind waves are triggered by tropical and subtropical cyclones in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Model predictions and observational data need to be merged and visualized in a geospatial context for a variety of analyses and applications. A data archive at LSU aggregates the model outputs from multiple sources, and a data-driven workflow triggers remotely performed conversion of a subset of model predictions to georeferenced data sets, which are then delivered to a Web Map Service located at Texas A&M University. Other nodes in the distributed system aggregate the observational data. This paper describes the use of GIS within the SCOOP program for the 2005 hurricane season, along with details of the data-driven distributed dataflow and workflow, which results in geospatial products. We also focus on future plans related to the complimentary use of GIS and Grid technologies in the SCOOP program, through which we hope to provide a wider range of tools that can enhance the tools and capabilities of earth science research and hazard planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1637-1651
Number of pages15
JournalConcurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
Issue number14
StatePublished - Sep 25 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Coastal modeling
  • Geographic information systems
  • Grid computing
  • Open geospatial consortium
  • SURA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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