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Papers with graphs on them.

“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 and total. Anyone with at least a grade 6 education can explain...

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A flood in Denver.

Photo: This image from the Suomi NPP satellite's VIIRS sensor shows the storm system that has devastated towns in the foothills of the Rockies in central Colorado The daily and evening news has been inundated with stories about the massive flooding near Denver, Colorado. One of the stories I came across was from NBC news, which  contained an interview with USGS Hydrologist Robert Kimbrough.  In the...

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A photo of the view from Aquatic Informatics office 2013.

Photo: View from the new Aquatic Informatics office at 2400 - 1111 Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C Is the growth of Aquatic Informatics an unintended consequence of climate change? The rapid rate of growth of Aquatic Informatics has resulted in a move from our old Granville Street address to a new, much larger space, on Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. This move happened at almost the same time...

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A photo of a rating curve training course.

Photo: Rating curve training course at Canadian River near Konawa , Oklahoma. The author is the genius wearing jeans in 100 F heat. Monty Porter is in the centre wearing the red cap, blue shirt and tan shorts. There may never be busloads of tourists traveling the world to visit places with interesting rating curves but if there were then Oklahoma would be a tourist mecca. I...

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Monty Alford and two friends on his 90th birthday.

Photo: Monty Alford (middle) celebrating his 90th birthday with two of my predecessors. Alex Van Bibber (left) is now 97 years old and assisted Monty for almost 30 years of hydrometric surveys before I was hired. Vic Ponisch (right) also assisted Monty during that era. Tomorrow marks the 90th birthday of my first supervisor at the Water Survey of Canada. Monty Alford hired me in 1978...

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AQUARIUS release 3.3 graphic.

AQUARIUS 3.3 was released last week, and as always we are keen to tell you all about it and help you take advantage of what it offers. Exciting enhancements to the Data Correction toolbox as well as other enhancements to the system make this release of AQUARIUS the most powerful and easy to use data correction solution for producing high quality hydrological data. AQUARIUS 3.3 includes...

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Apple resting on a stack of books.

I have blogged previously about disinformation and discharge as a virtual variable but have now visited the very heart of the matter in a peer review of a manuscript for a prestigious journal. The experience was not pleasant. My perspective, coming from a hydrometric background, was quite different than the other two anonymous reviewers who, I would guess, probably have academic backgrounds. I strongly objected to the...

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Hydrologist in a patch of tall grass.

The water quality monitoring community needs to think differently about how we collect, store, and analyze all types of water quality data. Twenty years of field work in water quality and water resources have led me to the conclusion that to truly improve and protect the world’s waters, we need to think differently about how we plan, collect, analyze, and report water quality information. For the...

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