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
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
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
A globally diverse group of hydrometric practitioners is forming for an open discussion around the question of hidden hydrometric data. If you would like to be part of this conversation please sign up on the post ‘Closing the Gap in Hydrometric Data.’
How long is the tail of hydrometry? A solution for the gap between data availability and the impacts of water variability, across all scales of interest, on people and the environment is needed. One of my great hopes for the development of OGC standards for interoperable hydrometric data is that it will shed light on the dark data under the long tail of hydrometry. It is my opinion, unsubstantiated by quantitative surveys, that there are far more hydrometric data out there than are readily accessible from the major hydrometric data providers.