Document Type


Author ORCID Identifier

Tian Gan

David G. Tarboton

Jeffery S. Horsburgh

Ray Idaszak

Hong Yi

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Environmental Modelling & Software




Elsevier Ltd

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NSF, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC), 1664061


NSF, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC)

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


In hydrologic research, there is a need to manage, archive, and publish data in a discoverable way to increase data reuse, transparency, and reproducibility. Multidimensional space-time data are commonly used in hydrologic research, and systems are needed for sharing and exchanging such data. Simply exchanging files may result in loss of metadata information and can be challenging when files are large. We developed an approach to manage, share, and publish multidimensional space-time data in HydroShare, a next generation hydrologic information system and domain specific repository. This paper presents the design, development, and testing of this approach. We selected the Network Common Data Form (NetCDF) as the underlying data model. We defined specific metadata elements to store and manage multidimensional space-time data. We adopted and adapted existing software to automatically harvest, support entry of metadata, and establish standardized data services to serve and enhance access to the datasets shared in HydroShare.