Riverscapes Report Card - TauDEM 1.0.2

TauDEM is a package of tools developed by David Tarboton of Utah State University’s Hydrology Research Group. This report card communicates the Riverscape appliation that utilizes TauDEM’s algorithms/scripts compliance with the Riverscape Consortium’s published tool standards.

Report Card Summary

Tool TauDEM - Terrain Analysis Using Digital Elevation Models
Version 1.0.2 Riverscapes application of TauDEM; version 5 of TauDEM itself
Date 2021-11-22
Assessment Team Bailey, Wheaton & Gilbert
Current Assessment production Production Grade
Target Status production Production Grade
Riverscapes Compliance Compliant Compliant
Assessment Rationale The TauDEM algorithms, as packaged here, can automatically perform terrain analyses at the HUC 8 scale, and produce riverscape projects containing the outputs that are compatible with RAVE, earning it Production Grade status.

Report Card Details

This tool’s discrimnation evaluation by the Riverscapes Consortium’s is:

Evaluation Key: None or Not Applicable: • Minimal or In Progress: • Functional: • Fully Developed:

Criteria Value Evaluation Comments and/or Recommendations
Tool Interface(s) : CLI = Command Line Interface  
Scale Catchment scale Algorithms are performed on HUC 8 watershed scale DEMs
Language(s) and Dependencies Python Package dependencies are open source
Vetted in Peer-Reviewed Literature TauDEM is documented in various publications  
Source Code Documentation Available at Github repository Source code is clearly organized and documented
Open Source open-source with GNU General Public License v 3.0  
User Documentation Documentation is in progress Documentation has not been finished for the Riverscapes application of TauDEM, but the original version is well documented here
Easy User Interface Tool is accessed via command prompt The tool is primarily run by North Arrow Research analysts. For a user to run this version of the tool themselves would require advanced understanding (programming capability) and significant documentation on the process.
Scalability batch-processing Tool is typically batch processed at the HUC 8 level
Produces Riverscapes Projects Yes Produces Riverscapes Projects that are fully-compatible with RAVE

Tool Output Utility

Criteria Value Evaluation Comments
RAVE- Compliant Riverscapes Projects Yes  
RAVE Business Logic Defined Yes  
Riverscapes Projects hosted in public-facing Riverscapes Warehouse(s) Yes. Current TauDEM projects are being housed in the Riverscapes Warehouse. There is data in the warehouse, but is provisional and wider access to the warehouse is forthcoming
Riverscapes Projects connected to Web-Maps Yes Current projects are viewable in WebRAVE through the Riverscapes Warehouse
Riverscapes Projects connected to Field Apps No  

Developer Intent

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