Hydrology Corner Blog: US Geological Survey

USGS Goes Live With AQUARIUS Time-Series Software

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has replaced its custom, in-house developed, Automated Data Processing System (ADAPS) originally designed in 1985 with the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) AQUARIUS Time-Series software. The state of Alabama, of the USGS Lower Mississippi Water Science Center, has now officially retired the ADAPS system. This is the first in a scheduled deployment rollout of all 50 states. This is a big deal, not only for Aquatic Informatics and for the USGS, but for the world.

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Creating Shared Value – Can Companies Solve the World’s Water Crisis?

It is increasingly the case that when I am talking to people about what AQUARIUS software ‘should’ do, I find that there are multiple motivations for what ‘should’ means. There are many different ways that value can be perceived and product development depends on this perception. The concept of “shared value” is where companies can solve society’s problems and make profit at the same time.

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…

The USGS Selects Aquatic Informatics – Stay Tuned for More Innovation

Ed Quilty, President & CEO – Aquatic Informatics and Robert Mason, Acting Chief – US Geological Survey (USGS) Office of Surface Water at the USGS National Data Conference in Portland, Oregon I’m writing this blog from the USGS National Data Conference in Portland, Oregon, where yesterday the USGS announced that AQUARIUS has been selected as the commercial replacement…

North American Stream Hydrographers

Measuring and monitoring streamflow is a place-based activity. Hydrographers are isolated from each other because of the size of the geographic domain each one can cover. Training opportunities and technology workshops are often organized along institutional lines. Hydrographers often have closer communication with distant colleagues in the same institution than they have with those operating…

Timely, Affordable and Accurate Data? Pick Any Two Out of Three

High quality data are accurate, timely, meaningful and complete. Fitness-for-purpose is achieved if the stated or implied needs, or expectations, of the end-user of the data are met. The design of a quality management system starts with specification of end-user needs and expectations. These expectations are inter-dependent. Consider the situational irony of the sign stating:…