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TauDEM HAND Workflow for the Little Bear River near Paradise, Utah

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Created: Dec 08, 2022 at 8:46 p.m.
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This Jupyter Notebook and data serve as an illustration for the evaluation of Height Above the Nearest Drainage (HAND) using TauDEM. This depends on TauDEM functions and a user either needs to install TauDEM (see or use a platform where this is pre-installed such as CyberGIS Jupyter for Water ( with a TauDEM Kernel.

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How to run the Hand Workflow

This workflow has been developed and tested on the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water platform linked to HydroShare using the TauDEM-2021-12 Kernel. To execute the workflow elsewhere you may need to account for differences between this platform and the platform being used.

STEP_0 Join the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water HydroShare Group

To use the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water platform you need to have a HydroShare user account be a member of the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water HydroShare Group. - Create a HydroShare account at - Request to become a member of the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water (CJW) group at the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water platform

Group membership is used manage the use of the community computing resources available in CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water

STEP_1 Open With CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water.

  1. Click the OpenWith button in the upper-right corner of this HydroShare resource webpage;
  2. Select "CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water";
  3. Authenticate and allow access to HydroShare content from CJW;

This should open the CyberGIS-Jupyter for Water Jupyter computing platform and transfer the files from HydroShare to the platform for work there. Note that the CJW file workspace is different from HydroShare resource file space, so any work you do in CJW would need to be copied back to HydroShare or elsewhere if you want to preserve or share it.

STEP_2 Execute HANDWorkFlow using HANDWorkFlow.ipynb

This notebook demonstrates the general procedure to calculate HAND (Height above the Nearest Drainage) using TauDEM ( Run all cells to completely execute the notebook, or run one cell at a time to see the process involved.

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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 EarthCube Data Capabilities: Collaborative Research: Integration of Reproducibility into Community CyberInfrastructure ICER 1928369, 1928288 and 1928315

How to Cite

Tarboton, D. (2022). TauDEM HAND Workflow for the Little Bear River near Paradise, Utah, HydroShare,

This resource is shared under the Creative Commons Attribution CC BY.


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