I'm a masters student at the University of Washington without any background in geo, so if this question seems naive or unclear, I apologize. Please let me know if I can add any information for clarity.
I'm working on a data visualization project and my subject is streamflow data. I'm attempting to display streamflow over a map produced with NHDPlus flowline data, which shows the location of all the rivers and streams in a given region. I've chosen HUC 17, the PNW, because I'm trying to render in the browser and working with data at the national level looked unwieldy.
I've come around to a vector tile approach as the best option for performance and interactivity. The shapefile, when converted to GeoJSON, weighs in at 438MB. To try and break that up I've found and am trying to use Tippecanoe, a tool for producing vector tiles from huge datasets. It works as advertised. It's awesome. Very easy if you're comfortable on the command line. The trick is that to upload these tiles to mapbox.com, where I could, ostensibly, view and style the tiles, each tile must be less than 500k and contain no more than 200,000 features.
I would like to know how to slice and dice the data in such a way that I can get it up to mapbox, or, how to work with the tiles locally using something like tilelive?