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This practical research report was submitted to the faculty of Purdue University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Geodata Science for Professionals
Master of Science degree.


Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are meteorological phenomena caused by filamented concentrated water vapor transport in the lower troposphere. Their variability has been found to link to floods and droughts. As the environment changes in part as a result of anthropogenic climate change, understanding ARs has become more important in the hopes of predicting what their local effects on the surface environment might be seen in the future. The purpose of this research is to build a workflow from data ingestion to analysis to find if there is correlation between the occurrence of atmospheric rivers and soil moisture, using the year of 2010 as an example. Although this research has found no such link, it is far from conclusive. More years of data as well as other soil moisture datasets may be beneficial to understanding the link between atmospheric rivers, soil moisture, and the human consequences of climate change.