Basinmaker 3.0: A GIS Toolbox for Distributed Watershed Delineation of Complex Lake-River Routing Networks

32 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2022

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Ming Han

University of Waterloo

Hongren Shen

University of Waterloo

Bryan A. Tolson

University of Waterloo

James R. Craig

University of Waterloo

Juliane Mai

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Leipzig)

Simon G.M. Lin

University of Waterloo

Nandita B. Basu

University of Waterloo

Frezer S. Awol

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Hydrological modelling efforts tend to ignore the impacts of lakes or explicitly simulate the behavior of only the largest lakes in a watershed as deriving information required to explicitly represent thousands of lakes is difficult. We introduce an open-source GIS toolbox (BasinMaker) that can efficiently build vector-based hydrological routing networks including an arbitrary number of rivers and lakes, with shapefile attributes that provide the inputs required for hydrological routing models. BasinMaker is applied to build two high-resolution vector-based lake-river routing products each defining a collection of routing networks across large regions: the North American Lake-River Routing and Ontario Lake-River Routing Products. Each includes all lakes over 10 ha identified in the HydroLAKES dataset. BasinMaker is unique compared with other routing network delineation tools in terms of lake representation and network post-processing functions that efficiently simplify an existing network (e.g., extracted from one of our routing products) without any terrain analysis.

Keywords: Lakes, Rivers, Routing network, Vector-based routing, GIS toolbox, Watershed delineation

Suggested Citation

Han, Ming and Shen, Hongren and Tolson, Bryan A. and Craig, James R. and Mai, Juliane and Lin, Simon G.M. and Basu, Nandita B. and Awol, Frezer S., Basinmaker 3.0: A GIS Toolbox for Distributed Watershed Delineation of Complex Lake-River Routing Networks. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4135646 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4135646

Ming Han (Contact Author)

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada

Hongren Shen

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada

Bryan A. Tolson

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada

James R. Craig

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada

Juliane Mai

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Leipzig) ( email )

Permoserstraße 15
Leipzig, 04318
Germany

Simon G.M. Lin

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada

Nandita B. Basu

University of Waterloo ( email )

Waterloo, N2L 3G1
Canada

Frezer S. Awol

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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