Waterviz for Hubbard Brook: A New Water Cycle Visualization Tool


Displaying waterviz.pngWaterViz for Hubbard Brook represents the nexus between the hydrologic sciences, visual arts, music, and computer design. Hydrologic data captured from a small watershed at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire using an array of environmental sensors, is transmitted to the internet and used to drive a computer model that calculates all components of the water cycle for the catchment in real time. These data, in turn, drive an artistic simulation and sonification of the water cycle, reflecting the hydrologic processes occurring at that moment in time. It is our hope that this visualization will allow the viewer to intuit the dynamic inputs, outputs, and storage of water in this small, upland forested watershed as they are occurring and from anywhere in the world. We invite the viewer to further explore the content provided in these pages to better understand the water cycle and its importance to ecosystems and the world we live in.”

To view Waterviz go to: http://smartforests.org/waterviz

To sample the Waterviz “listen in” music component, go to: http://smartforest.sr.unh.edu/waterviz/listenin.shtml

An article about WaterViz published in LTER Databits can be found here: http://databits.lternet.edu/fall-2014/waterviz-hubbard-brook-new-water-cycle-visualization-and-sonification-tool-0

WaterViz for Hubbard Brook is a cooperative and interdisciplinary project between artist Xavier Cortada, composer Juan Carlos Espinosa and the following organizations, that grew out of a White Mountain National Forest artist-in-residence program:


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