2014-10-28-Garbage-River

Dark Data – Hydrometric Trash on the Hydrologic Landscape

In the modern world, it is rude and inconsiderate to indiscriminately consume resources for one time use. It is not socially acceptable to litter the landscape with trash. It may have taken years of public education for the message to take hold, but the outcome is less pressure on our environment and a higher quality of life for everyone. Why is there a different ethic for hydrometric data? Hydrometric data are acquired for a wide variety of programs and projects, often at public expense. However, after it has served its primary purpose, much of this data is filed away, never … Read More


2014-10-21-Australia-Flooding

AQUARIUS WebPortal – A Flash Flooding Emergency Management Success Story

When facing imminent flood dangers, time is of the essence. However, getting the right information to the right people in real-time can be challenging. No one knows this more than the City of Brisbane. Located on the east coast of Australia, Brisbane is a world-class city, enjoyed for its subtropical climate. However, that same climate contributes to various forms of flooding, including from storm surge, large tides, creeks, and the Brisbane River. Read More


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Zen and the Art of Stream Gauging

Those who work closely with data recognize the value of incremental investment in data quality; however, there is despair that this value can be quantized in terms that are meaningful to the bean-counters who control and allocate funding for monitoring programs. The discussion prompted by ‘Economics of Data Quality’ remind me of aspects of the novel ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by Robert Pirsig. The story is about many things but it is mostly about a search for quality. Read More


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The Economics of Hydrometric Data Quality

Data about water quantity and water quality are fundamental to some of the most important decisions made by engineers and in choices made by societies. Abundance and quality of water are critical factors in many aspects of our economy, our environment, and our social and physical well-being. It is the case than multiple water resources objectives must be simultaneously managed. The costs of sub-optimal water resources choices can be substantial. Uncertainty is antagonistic to optimization. Read More


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Game Changers – Continuous Water Quality Monitoring

Surrounded by hydrologists on a day-to-day basis, I most certainly talk about discharge and rating curves a lot. I find discussions about hydrometrics fascinating (actually I find any discussions about water and data management inspiring, but that is a whole other issue). But alas, I’m a self-professed “Water Quality Nerd” and a Water Quality Professional by trade. Read More


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