R code - Handy routines for hydrologists


What is R?

R is an open source programming language and environment for data analysis. It has rich functionality for data processing, analysis and graphing. See the R home page for more information and to download the package. Be forewarned that R has a steep learning curve. However, once you gain proficiency in R, the time invested in learning R will be paid back many times over.


R and hydrology

Data analysis is an integral part of hydrology. Hydrologists frequently use techniques, such as regression analysis, which are incorporated into conventional statistical packages and spreadsheet software. However, many hydrological analyses are not, including intensity-duration-frequency analysis and flood frequency analysis. These analyses are relatively simple to code in R.


Headwater Analytics

Three of my current/former students have a blog called "Headwater Analytics," which focuses on advanced applications using R, including web-based interactive mapping, processing MODIS snow cover data using Google Earth Engine, parallel processing and speeding up data input. It is well worth a look, and can be found at:


R primers


R scripts for specific hydrologic analyses

What I have included here are bits of R code that hydrologists may find useful. If you have written some code that you would like to share, please send it along and I'll consider posting it here.