[Qgis-community-team] QGIS plugin for catchment analysis and modelling using PIHM

Tim Sutton tim at linfiniti.com
Wed Oct 12 06:12:09 EDT 2011

Hi Alsiter

Thanks for this. You might get better exposure by posting this to the
users list (the community list is more used for internal project



On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 5:12 AM, Alister Hood
<alister.hood at synergine.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I just want to let you know about a QGIS plugin for integrated catchment
> modelling.  Some of you may have seen it already, but it seems to be
> sort of languishing in obscurity.  I didn't see any mention of it in the
> normal QGIS community places; only in a number of academic papers.
> It originally comes from here:
> http://www.pihm.psu.edu/pihmgis_home.html
> Their binary and source packages are both very messy and include a very
> old version of QGIS, and the source package for some reason isn't the
> latest version of the plugin.
> I *think* the original authors may have abandoned the QGIS plugin in
> favour of a web-based system.
> However, there is a public fork of the latest version here, including a
> windows and a linux binary:
> https://github.com/mlt/PIHM/wiki
> I guess he must have contacted the authors to obtain the source.  He has
> cleaned up the file tree and done some fixes, including so that it
> builds with msvc, and doesn't violate the GPL.  (I wish I'd found this
> earlier, because I started doing the same thing...)
> The plugin provides terrain analysis features similar to the TauDEM
> plugin for Mapwindow and ArcGIS (but without the fully automatic mode):
> pit removal, stream network and watershed delineation, etc.
> It also runs the "Penn State Integrated Hydrologic Model", and can
> produce a number of time series and spatial plots of the results.
> I recommend using the tutorial (and sample data) available on the web
> site:
> http://www.pihm.psu.edu/pihmgis_documents.html
> The built-in help documentation is the same, but is missing the
> pictures!
> This might also be useful:
> http://www.pihm.psu.edu/Downloads/Doc/pihm_input_file_format.pdf
> There are a number of interesting papers which mention it, and often
> have a short description of QGIS itself, e.g.:
> Community Hydrologic Model: Structure
> http://cuahsi.org/chymp/thurs/RMaxwell.ppt
> Multiphysics Modeling Implications for Environmental Observatories
> http://cuahsi.org/chymp/wed-am/CDuffy.pdf
> Model-Data Integration Framework: Watershed Reanalysis at the
> Susquehanna - Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory
> http://www.cuahsi.org/chymp/20110315/Presentation_CHyMP_2011_GBhatt_mode
> ldata.pdf
> An Object Oriented Shared Data Model for GIS and Distributed Hydrologic
> Models
> http://www.personal.psu.edu/muk139/KumarEtAl_DataModel_IJGIS.pdf
> The Role of Physical, Numerical and Data Coupling in a Mesoscale
> Watershed Model
> http://www.personal.psu.edu/muk139/Mukesh_PIHM_Dec01_2009.pdf
> And this one doesn't mention it, but I know there are some people here
> interested in parallelization ;) :
> Domain Partitioning for Implementation of Large Scale Integrated
> Hydrologic Models on Parallel Processors
> http://www.personal.psu.edu/muk139/Mukesh_DP_Dec01_2009.pdf
> Regards,
> Alister
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