Hydrology Corner Blog: hydrometric monitoring

Zombie Apocalypse – Data Provenance Saves the World

I frequently promote the concept of curated data provenance that is fully traceable to source. Most people quietly accept this as a generally worthwhile concept. However, most people also expect that active maintenance of data provenance should operate with an economy of scale. In other words, there is some practical limit beyond which further traceability…

Hydrology – The Meta-Science

Hydrology is the science of sciences. There is no science that is as dependent on the other sciences and there is no science that is so fundamental to every other science. In fact, it is rarely the case that you would find a dedicated department of hydrology in any university, yet some aspects of hydrology…

Water Nexus or Disjunction? Data will be the Difference

Much has been said about the water-energy-food nexus. The implication of many of these discussions is that we cannot disentangle policies for food and energy from each other because these sectors are inextricably linked by water. The nexus actually has many dimensions: you can add health, safety, economic activity, environmental sustainability, and social justice to…

california drought

It’s All About the Data – Illuminating Our Water Options

The droughts that are occurring in California, Puerto Rico, North Korea, Sao Paolo, and India are climatologically driven events, but the droughts of recent times have almost certainly been aggravated by water over-use, mis-use, and abuse. An attractive alternative to the scenarios that are currently playing out around the world is one in which monitoring…

Water monitoring, Hydrology, Water data management software, Rating curve, Stage discharge curve

Lying with Statistics: Every Day Has 2 Midnights & Every Midnight has 2 Days

“It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without statistics.” Andrejs Dunkel. Time series statistics are awkward. Time series statistic are absolutely necessary. They distill the essential truth from very large volumes of data. The statistics that are most useful are very simple concepts such as max, min, mean…

The Water Monitoring Industry – Rapid Modernization and Growth

Aquatic Informatics’ global survey of over 700 water professionals in 90 countries puts a spotlight on an industry undergoing rapid change. Key trends include significant growth in network size, modernization of monitoring technology, and an increasing demand for comprehensive data management systems. After months of refining survey questions, collecting responses, and analyzing the results, the…