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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Crop circles in a valley.

I often refer to hydrology as a place-based science There are very many processes that can come into play in the hydrological cycle of which only a subset is relevant at any given location. There can be synergistic, neutral or antagonistic process interactions within any given subset. The net result is that every landscape requires local scale knowledge of what is actually happening in the transformation...

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