The Wivenhoe Dam in Queensland, Australia.

I have written previously about risk mitigation in the context of the L’Aquila earthquake and a panel discussion about the Wivenhoe Dam case at the HWRS conference has brought many of the underlying issues to the forefront yet again. At issue is who can judge and who should have the power to judge the action of experts in the wake of disasters?...

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Hydrology Water Resources Symposium 2015 banner.

Rob Vertessy CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) gave a very engaging keynote address this morning at the Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium in Hobart Tasmania. Dr. Vertessy is an unusual choice Director of Meteorology at BOM in that his PhD is in fluvial geomorphology. I personally think his background complements and enhances the power of meteorological analysis by way of his ability to...

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Internet of things graphic.

In my Hallowe’en post I presented various ways in which better rigor in tracking data provenance can do many things — up to and including — saving the world during a zombie apocalypse. Today, I would like to focus on a much more immediate and pragmatic benefit of improving traceability of data to source. Our negligence in communicating and preserving primary and intermediate states of our...

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Beaver in the grass.

Canada was built on the back of beavers but — much to the chagrin of stream gaugers ever since — beavers managed to outlive the fashion of top hats. After the end of the fur trade, beavers started to re-populate the north with impunity. Anyone unlucky enough to have the responsibility of stream gauging on a beaver infested stream knows how difficult it is to produce...

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