Biological and Environmental Research - Earth and Environmental System Sciences
Earth and Environmental System Modeling

hectorui: A web-based interactive scenario builder and visualization application for the Hector climate model

Titlehectorui: A web-based interactive scenario builder and visualization application for the Hector climate model
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
JournalJournal of Open Source Software
Volume5
Number56
Pages2782
Abstract / Summary

In a world of increasingly online, distributed, and diverse interdisciplinary research, there is a need to provide accessible and user-friendly interactive visualization tools that elucidate complex models and their output products. hectorui is an R Shiny web interface built to enhance the user experience for the simple global climate model Hector (Hartin et al., 2015), originally designed in C++ and later extended with an R interface. Before hectorui, Hector only had a command line-based interface available which requires fluency in C++ or R and a full understanding of Hector’s parameter space to run the model and create output. hectorui provides a fast, efficient solution that makes the model more accessible to a broader user base and offers enhanced functionality (Figure 1). This implementation allows users that may not be fluent in a programming language to interactively explore model scenarios and outputs in
an easy-to-use, guided point and click interface.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.21105/joss.02782
DOI10.21105/joss.02782
Funding Program: 
Journal: Journal of Open Source Software
Year of Publication: 2020
Volume: 5
Number: 56
Pages: 2782
Publication Date: 12/2020

In a world of increasingly online, distributed, and diverse interdisciplinary research, there is a need to provide accessible and user-friendly interactive visualization tools that elucidate complex models and their output products. hectorui is an R Shiny web interface built to enhance the user experience for the simple global climate model Hector (Hartin et al., 2015), originally designed in C++ and later extended with an R interface. Before hectorui, Hector only had a command line-based interface available which requires fluency in C++ or R and a full understanding of Hector’s parameter space to run the model and create output. hectorui provides a fast, efficient solution that makes the model more accessible to a broader user base and offers enhanced functionality (Figure 1). This implementation allows users that may not be fluent in a programming language to interactively explore model scenarios and outputs in
an easy-to-use, guided point and click interface.

DOI: 10.21105/joss.02782
Citation:
Evanoff, J, C Vernon, S Waldhoff, A Snyder, and C Hartin.  2020.  "hectorui: A web-based interactive scenario builder and visualization application for the Hector climate model."  Journal of Open Source Software 5(56): 2782.  https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.02782.