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Preserving a Flood of Data: Hurricane Harvey 2017 Data Archive

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Created: Apr 26, 2018 at 9:38 p.m.
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DOI: 10.4211/hs.64f6af3dcea4475688cac0d6b4917d8d
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The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was among the busiest on record, producing 18 tropical depressions, 18 tropical storms, 10 hurricanes that occurred in succession, and 23 separate landfalls by Atlantic named storms. Six of the ten hurricanes further  strengthened into major hurricanes. Three of these were Harvey (TX-LA-MS), Irma (FL-GA-NC), and Maria (Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands). These three were so devastating, and so close to each other in time, that the National Science Foundation (NSF) urged the research community to apply for NSF RAPID grants to study these hurricanes and their impacts, to better understand how these occurred. A team led by David Tarboton, David Maidment, Jerad Bales, and Ray Idaszak received funds [1] to build a storm and flood data archive for Harvey and Irma, to be housed on HydroShare, and managed by CUAHSI. The project period is from October 2017 to September 2018. This presentation summarizes work to date (April 2018) on the Harvey part of the collection.

The downloadable datasets are accessed via HydroShare. Some large datasets are hosted on RENCI iRODS and the Univ of Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) facilities.
- Use the Hurricane Harvey 2017 Story Map [2] for contextual access to the data, via links in the side panel on each tab. 
- For file browser access to the archive, visit the Hurricanes data collection on HydroShare [3].
- Visit the CUAHSI project page [4] to learn more about the project, and for access to Irma and Maria data.

[1] NSF RAPID Grant []
[2] Hurricane Harvey 2017 Story Map []
[3 Hurricane collection root on HydroShare []
[4] CUAHSI project landing page []

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Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID Award "Archiving and Enabling Community Access to Data from Recent US Hurricanes" 1761673
US Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)


People or Organizations that contributed technically, materially, financially, or provided general support for the creation of the resource's content but are not considered authors.

Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
David Maidment University of Texas at Austin
Martin Seul CUAHSI Massachusetts, US (339) 933-4656
Anthony Michael Castronova CUAHSI MA, US 3399334127
Ray Idaszak RENCI; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC, US
David Tarboton Utah State University Utah, US 4357973172 ORCID
Harry Evans University of Texas at Austin
Michael Ouimet Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
Erika Boghici UT Austin Center for Water and the Environment

How to Cite

Arctur, D. (2019). Preserving a Flood of Data: Hurricane Harvey 2017 Data Archive, HydroShare,

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