Rapid changes in monitoring technology, growth in real-time data, increasing stakeholder expectations, and evolving data management systems are among the key conclusions from the global survey of over 700 water professionals from 90 countries
Vancouver, Canada, December 11, 2012 – Aquatic Informatics Inc., a global leader in providing innovative software solutions for hydrologic data management and analysis, released today its report entitled Global Hydrological Monitoring Industry Trends. The water monitoring industry is undergoing rapid evolution worldwide, and water professionals are struggling to manage emerging technologies, to process massive volumes of real-time data, and to meet the mounting expectations of stakeholders. By identifying these changes, this report equips water professionals with the information they need to best prioritize their investments in 2013, and over the next 10 years, to keep pace with the industry and to modernize their hydrological monitoring programs.
The growing global population is placing unprecedented burden on water resources, needed not only for safe drinking water, but also to support our agriculture, energy, transportation, manufacturing, and civil infrastructure. Increasing climate uncertainty is creating the need for new information, particularly in response to increased economic and human life losses resulting from floods. Water regulations are growing in complexity. Today, water professionals are facing enormous pressure to deliver more high quality, real-time hydrological information, needed to better manage precious water resources in a complex environment.
The report illustrates how the water monitoring industry is responding to this pressure in a number of areas:
- The push for more information will lead to more water monitoring – survey results show that Water Resource Managers forecast the size of the their monitoring networks to grow by 53% more monitoring stations over the next 10 years.
- The report quantifies the rate of adoption of modern technologies, and the majority of hydrological monitoring networks are now collecting continuous water data in real-time, which is a key factor in protecting human life and delivering data to stakeholders faster.
- As water monitoring becomes more complex, water resource professionals are focusing on data quality, defensibility and interoperability – for example, over 66% of respondents use or plan to start using the US Geological Survey accepted standard operating procedure reference documents.
- This additional complexity is leading to the adoption of actively licensed commercial software – the 23% of respondents who reported using commercial software also reported being able to better meet stakeholder expectations for real-time data products and services, metadata availability, higher level analysis, and timely reporting and publishing.
“At Aquatic Informatics, we aim to design the most innovative and modern software to address the critical water data management and analysis challenges of environmental monitoring agencies. By conducting this comprehensive global study on hydrological monitoring trends, we have a clear understanding of how we can continue to deliver the best software to the market,” said Ed Quilty, President and CEO of Aquatic Informatics. “We are excited to share the results of this study with members of the industry so we can work together in modernizing hydrological monitoring programs. The future is bright. High quality hydrological information is becoming more readily available to make important and timely decisions about the world’s precious water resources.”
Over 700 water professionals from 90 countries participated in the study in the fall of 2012. The comprehensive 30-page report includes 35 informative graphs. It identifies current salary trends for hydrologists. It reveals a more educated workforce that includes a growing number of women. The full report is available to all members of the industry here: http://pages.aquaticinformatics.com/Water_Report.html.
About Aquatic Informatics Inc.
Aquatic Informatics™ provides software solutions that address critical water data management and analysis challenges for the rapidly growing environmental monitoring industry. Aquatic Informatics is the trusted provider of hydrologic management solutions to hundreds of federal, state/provincial and local government departments, hydropower operators, mining companies, academic groups, and consulting organizations around the world, who collect, manage, and process large volumes of water quality or quantity data.
For more information about Aquatic Informatics, go to www.aquaticinformatics.com.