Hydrology Corner Blog: water monitoring

Water Monitoring Training Resources

Modern Hydrographer Training – YouTube Channels, Google Classroom & e-Learning Resources

Water monitoring is a place-based activity. The work is wherever the water is, which is all over the planet. A stream hydrographer can cover a very large geographic area so regional offices typically only concentrate a small number of hydrographers at any one location and there are many locations. Water monitoring agencies have limited resources available to develop specialized training material or to send hydrographers on specialized courses so the most prevalent mode of career development is on-the-job training.

Hydrology Corner Blog - Water News Jan 2016

Water News Highlights

Last month was a busy one for water news. The biggest story of the month has to be that 2015 was the hottest on record. This is true globally with the WMO reporting that 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin at 0.76° C above the 1961-1990 average. This marks the first time that global temperatures have been 1° C above the pre-industrial era.


2016 Challenges & Opportunities in Hydrometry

Incremental change is an insidious thing. Like a frog in a pot of water on the stove it can be difficult to know what is going on when your attention is moment-to-moment. It could be that from day-to-day there is no noticeable change but year-to-year there is major change and decade-to-decade there is transformative change. The business of water monitoring is vastly different than when I was in the field.

Hydrology Water Processes Policies

Just How Dense Are We? Does Our Choice of Dimension Affect Our Understanding of Water Processes & Policies?

We usually report water quantity information as a volumetric rate (e.g. m3/s); we usually report water quality information as a concentration (e.g. mg/l); and we usually report precipitation as a length (e.g. mm). But we don’t have to. The mass of water is related to its volume by its density which, conveniently, can be assumed to be unity (1). This means that we could just as easily report water information using the dimension of mass. Would reporting water information in a different dimension change the way that we understand water?

Can Big Data Help with Small Numbers? Emerging Use-Cases for Water Data Management

Drought is a large-scale problem. Droughts of high severity, long duration, and broad spatial extent happen infrequently enough that ecological and economic dependencies on water are bound to develop during the between-drought intervals. The trick for drought resilient societies is to develop a long-term memory that serves to limit over-enthusiastic exploitation of water resources when…

Hydrology – The Meta-Science

Hydrology is the science of sciences. There is no science that is as dependent on the other sciences and there is no science that is so fundamental to every other science. In fact, it is rarely the case that you would find a dedicated department of hydrology in any university, yet some aspects of hydrology…

california drought

It’s All About the Data – Illuminating Our Water Options

The droughts that are occurring in California, Puerto Rico, North Korea, Sao Paolo, and India are climatologically driven events, but the droughts of recent times have almost certainly been aggravated by water over-use, mis-use, and abuse. An attractive alternative to the scenarios that are currently playing out around the world is one in which monitoring…

AQUARIUS 3.9 and Enhanced Reporting

This week, I’m delighted to announce the release of AQUARIUS Time-Series 3.9, which features a wide array of water monitoring industry report templates and an enhanced reporting engine for customized reporting. The new report templates offer flexibility to build and save an unlimited number of customized reports, enabling users to quickly and efficiently derive environmental intelligence…

Award-Winning Culture

On the heels of receiving an EBJ Business Achievement Award, I’m excited to share that Aquatic Informatics was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2014 and 2015! Now entering its 2nd year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is a national Mediacorp competition that recognizes the small and medium enterprises that offer the best…

Virtue Versus Temptation in Water Data Management

Tad Slawecki, Senior Engineer at Limnotech, provided a very interesting and entertaining ‘lightning talk’ at the Open Water Data Initiative session of the AWRA 2014 conference. Against a backdrop of increasing momentum toward ‘big data,’ which is often conceived as primarily ‘virtual’ data derived from distributed models, Tad argues that we need to restore our…