Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Drought related data and tools: development and integration"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
Software development, cyber-enabled earth science platform
Project Description:
DRINET is an NSF funded project to build a web based collaborative research environment for collecting and disseminating local to regional scale drought information while interoperating with other resources and tools. The DRINET portal is built on the HUBzero platform developed at Purdue University. The project team consists of computation scientists from Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and Computer Science department, librarian, and domain scientists from Civil Engineering, Agronomy/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Agriculture and Biological Engineering departments. The purpose of this DURI project is to develop additional capabilities for the DRINET portal, for example, working with different stakeholders and understanding their needs, publishing daily rainfall datasets, building maps and online drought/rainfall forecast tools and integrating them with the USDA drought monitor, and working with satellite and climate model datasets.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will learn various technologies related to the HUBzero platform and GIS software. The student will write programs to create web applications to run in the DRINET portal. He/she will be work in a team environment and participate in the full cycle of software development, from requirement gathering and specification, architecture design, component design, coding, testing and integration. They will have the opportunity to work with computer science researchers as well as domain science faculty in this project.
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Desired Qualifications:
Web programming experience, familiarity with PHP, Java and JavaScript. GIS (geographic information system) training is not necessary but would be advantageous.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Song, Carol
academic technologies/ITaP

Student Supervisor

Lan Zhao
Research Scientist

Cooperating Faculty

Dev Niyogi
EAS/Science, Agronomy/Agriculture