Jeep in muddy water.

Is that muddy water or watery mud you are measuring? There were several very good responses to the Clear as Mud post so rather than replying to each comment individually I think the topic is worthy of this new page. My reference to mud was deliberate. Watery mud is a geophysicist’s problem whereas muddy water is a hydrographer’s problem. We can easily tell the difference because of...

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OGC graphic.

I am writing this over the Atlantic Ocean on my way home from the ratings, gaugings and cross sections intensive workshop in Reading, England. This Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) workshop marks the launch of a project to develop WaterML2.0 part 2. In a concurrent meeting in Exeter, the OGC formally adopted WaterML2.0 part 1, the part that deals with time-series data, as an official international standard. The...

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Times Square billboard.

Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Mission (GRACE) data is being streamed to Time Square in New York City until April 22nd in honor of World Water Day. If you haven’t heard about GRACE, you should check it out http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace/. The earth is a closed system so when water leaves one region it will appear somewhere else.  The twin GRACE satellites, which have been in a paired...

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"Cyberinfrastructure" graphic.

I attended 62nd OGC Technical Committee meeting in Boulder, Colorado with my colleague Stuart Hamilton in September. As most of you probably know, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of 438 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available standards for geospatial data exchange protocol and web services. OGC standards are technical documents that detail...

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