Aquatic Informatics logo on grey map of the USA.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has replaced its custom, in-house developed, Automated Data Processing System (ADAPS) originally designed in 1985 with the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) AQUARIUS Time-Series software. The state of Alabama, of the USGS Lower Mississippi Water Science Center, has now officially retired the ADAPS system. This is the first in a scheduled deployment rollout of all 50 states. This is a big deal,...

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Map of the world with graphics depicting "shared value".

It is increasingly the case that when I am talking to people about what AQUARIUS software ‘should’ do, I find that there are multiple motivations for what ‘should’ means. There are many different ways that value can be perceived and product development depends on this perception. The concept of "shared value" is where companies can solve society’s problems and make profit at the same time....

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Whitepaper - Stage-Discharge Rating Curves.

The rate of downloads of the paper “5 Best Practices for Building Better Stage-Discharge Rating Curves” indicates a very high latent demand for guidance on how to develop rating curves. A stage-discharge rating curve represents the relation of water level at a given point in a stream to a corresponding volumetric rate of flow. The shape of a curve can be discovered by conducting synchronized measurements of...

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Pickup truck driving on a flooded road.

Clean, safe, water delivery to your home is a really good idea. Sanitary treatment of water waste from your home is a really good idea.  Protecting valued assets from periodic destruction is a really good idea. These have always been good ideas but the Roman model of aqueducts languished for millennia. It is only in the past 50 to 100 years that engineering and technology have...

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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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