Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Enhancing drought information dissemination through visualization and tool development for DRINET"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2011 - DURI
Research area(s):
drought related data and tools, geographic information system, cilmate and meteorelogical data, remote sensing data
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 Joomla based HUBzero 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 assist the team by adding new capabilities to DRINET through development of new visualization and analytic tools. He/she will be work in a team environment and participate in the full cycle of software development, from requirement gathering and specification, design, coding, integration, testing and deployment. 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. Enthusiastic about creating software and applications. Good interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Song, Carol Xiaohui
academic technologies

Student Supervisor

Carol Song
Senior Research Scientist

Cooperating Faculty

Dev Niyogi
Rao Govindaraju
Civil Engineering/Engineering