Developing Sustainable Modeling Software and Necessary Data Repository for Volcanic Hazard Analysis -- Some Lessons Learnt

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Abani K Patra1, Charles Connor2, Peter Webley3, Matt Jones1, Sylvain J Charbonnier4, Laura Connor2, Steven Gallo1, Marcus I Bursik5, Greg Valentine6, Christopher G Hughes1, Hossein Aghakhani1, Chris S Renschler7, Tevfik Kosar1 and Tevfik Kosar1, (1)University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, United States, (2)University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States, (3)University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, AK, United States, (4)Universty of South Florida, Tampa, FL, United States, (5)SUNY Buffalo, Department of Geology, Buffalo, NY, United States, (6)Univ of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, United States, (7)State Univ New York Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, United States
We report here on an effort to improve the sustainability, robustness and usability of the core modeling and simulation tools housed in the collaboratory and used in the study of complex volcanic behavior.

In particular, we focus on tools that support large scale mass flows (TITAN2D), ash deposition/transport and dispersal (Tephra2 and PUFF), and lava flows (Lava2). These tools have become very popular in the community especially due to the availability of an online usage modality. The redevelopment of the tools ot take advantage of new hardware and software advances was a primary thrust for the effort. However, as we start work we have reoriented the effort to also take advantage of significant new opportunities for supporting the complex workflows and use of distributed data resources that will enable effective and efficient hazard analysis.