Glasses and calculator on sheets of data.

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.

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Dustin Shull scuba diving.

Dustin Shull from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Join Dustin, Tim, and myself on September 30th for the webinar: Expert Tips for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring!

It is with great pleasure that I am co-hosting this month’s webinar on continuous water quality monitoring with the Pennsylvania DEP and YSI, a Xylem brand. As the presenters – Dustin Shull, Tim Finegan and I – started to compile our information for this webinar, it became apparent to all that there is a lot more to discuss and present with water quality professionals around the world than we can cover in one hour. You can certainly look forward to more webinars on this topic!

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Graph of long-tail 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...

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Hydrologist on an ice sheet.

Stu Hamilton next to an ablation stake on the Peyto Glacer. Note the meltwater channels eroded into the ice surface. When the sun hits the ice later in the day these channels will be running full of water and draining down crevasses contributing to sub-glacial flow. Sub-glacial flow is linked with glacier thinning. Photo by Ian Hamilton, July 20, 2014

A 3-day hike in July on the Wapta Icefield in the Canadian Rockies with my son took us up the Bow Glacier, briefly onto the Yoho Glacier and then down the Peyto Glacier. Bow Glacier meltwater flows into the South Saskatchewan River (146,100 km2). Yoho Glacier meltwater flows into the Columbia River (668,000 km2). Peyto Glacier meltwater flows in the North Saskatchewan River (122,800 km2).

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AQUARIUS Certified Integrator certificate of completion.

Aquatic Informatics has announced a new AQUARIUS Certified Integrator program.

Aquatic Informatics has been growing rapidly. We doubled in size last year and we now serve over 400 customers in 37 countries. Our Client Services department is proud to offer the best customer support and service in the industry, and we are committed to customer success. However, we also need to meet the needs of our customers who require additional services, such as integrating AQUARIUS Time-Series Server with their existing systems. To provide our customers with a local option, we are excited to add certified partners to our global offering.

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Stu Hamilton and Bruno Tassone with others.

Stu Hamilton, Vic Neimela, Bruno Tassone, Gord Tofte, and Lynne Campo at Bruno’s Retirement Lunch … this small group has over 178 years of hydrometric program management experience spanning more than half a century.

I recently had the pleasure of joining my colleagues, young and old, to congratulate Bruno Tassone on his retirement after 35 years of service to the Water Survey of Canada. Had Bruno been a structural engineer, we would have been able to point to a legacy of concrete and steel.

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entura webinar thumbnail.

As part of our on-going webinar series, I am thrilled to host Jayson Peterson from Entura on June 24th for a discussion on “Environmental Modelling & Forecasting with Modern Software.” Entura is part of Hydro Tasmania, Australia's largest and most experienced renewable energy producer and water manager. Webinar: SMART Environmental Modelling & Forecasting with Modern Software Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11 AM PDT | 12 PM...

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An illustration of a smart tunnel.

There has been a lot of talk recently about the difference between “smart data” and big data. Big data involves collecting copious amounts of information; smart data involves processing the data collected to create actionable data that empowers decisions. When it comes to water, the Aquatics Informatics AQUARIUS suite is the mission-critical software trusted by hundreds of customers around the world to turn big data into...

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