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https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2023-127
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2023-127
Submitted as: development and technical paper
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18 Jul 2023
Submitted as: development and technical paper |  | 18 Jul 2023
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CSDMS Data Components: data-model integration tools for Earth surface processes modeling

Tian Gan, Gregory E. Tucker, Eric W. H. Hutton, Mark D. Piper, Irina Overeem, Albert J. Kettner, Benjamin Campforts, Julia M. Moriarty, Brianna Undzis, Ethan Pierce, and Lynn McCready

Abstract. Progress in better understanding and modeling Earth surface systems requires an ongoing integration of data and numerical models. Advances are currently hampered by technical barriers that inhibit finding, accessing, and executing modeling software with related datasets. We propose a design framework for ‘Data Components’: software packages that provide access to particular research datasets or types of data. Because they use a standard interface based on the Basic Model Interface (BMI), Data Components can function as plug-and-play components within modeling frameworks to facilitate seamless data-model integration. To illustrate the design and potential applications of Data Components and their advantages, we present several case studies in Earth surface processes analysis and modeling. The results demonstrate that the Data Component design provides a consistent and efficient way to access heterogeneous datasets from multiple sources, and to seamlessly integrate them with various models. This design supports the creation of open data-model integration workflows that can be discovered, accessed, and reproduced through online data sharing platforms, which promotes data reuse and improves research transparency and reproducibility.

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Data sets

CSDMS Data Components Use Cases Tian Gan https://www.hydroshare.org/resource/28af99c09ee4423dbffef28bf32837e0/

Model code and software

NWIS data component Tian Gan https://github.com/gantian127/bmi_nwis

Topography Data Component Mark Piper https://github.com/csdms/bmi-topography

SoilGrids Data Components Tian Gan https://github.com/gantian127/soilgrids

ERA5 Data Component Tian Gan https://github.com/gantian127/bmi_era5

WAVEWATCH III Data Component Eric Hutton https://github.com/csdms/bmi-wavewatch3

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This study presents the design, implementation, and application of the CSDMS Data Components. The case studies demonstrate that the Data Components provide a consistent way to access heterogeneous datasets from multiple sources, and to seamlessly integrate them with various models for Earth surface processes modeling. The Data Components support the creation of open data-model integration workflows to improve the research transparency and reproducibility.