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Helicopter in New Zealand.

I recently had the very great pleasure of meeting Jeff and Marianne Watson of New Zealand - the power couple of stream hydrography. I learned a lot from our discussions – the differences in stream gauging techniques and methods between New Zealand and North America can sometimes be traced to differences in geo-physical realities but sometimes the differences are just plain puzzling. A project that will no...

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An image of the World Water Day 2013 logo.

To mark World Water Day at Aquatic Informatics we watched the movie ‘Last Call at the Oasis’. In discussion about the issues raised by this movie one of our senior developers expressed surprise at the magnitude of the water footprint for everyday products. For example, the water footprint for a t-shirt was given as 700 gallons! I don’t know whether the notion of accounting for your water...

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Map with data hotspots.

AQUARIUS 3.1 was released last week on Valentine’s Day, and we are keen to tell you all about it and help you take advantage of what it offers.  Everyone here at Aquatic Informatics cares about the success of our customers, so the Valentine’s theme is perfect timing.  Indeed, we think you’ll love the new system. AQUARIUS 3.1 delivers the most intuitive user experience yet, with a...

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Two people on overpacked bikes.

There is more data to deal with than there used to be. However, dealing with it may require a different approach than simply working harder with the same tools. The new “Global Hydrological Monitoring Industry Trends” report confirms the rapid international adoption of continuous monitoring technologies. One of the questions asked of over 700 respondents representing monitoring agencies from around the world was: “Are the primary technologies used...

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Data communication tech changes graphic.

Results from the 2012 Report - Global Hydrological Monitoring Industry Trends published by Aquatic Informatics Inc. The first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) was launched in October 1975. The GOES launch initiated a sequence of events leading to a major re-design of hydrometric programs throughout North America. The relatively cheap and reliable data communication provided by GOES provided an immediate benefit for hydrometric operators: to monitor station...

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Hydrographer in the field.

The Australian Hydrographers association (AHA) has successfully convinced the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to officially adopt hydrography as a profession. In Canada, 30,000 job titles are managed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Under the general category ‘2113 geoscientists and oceanographers’, one could be one of 60 occupations studying earth science. Under ‘2114 - meteorologists and climatologists’ one could be one...

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Trends in the hydrological monitoring industry.

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 new report Global Hydrological Monitoring Industry Trends has been released. I...

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