USGS scientists publish new papers on water resources information

Sponsored by

Aug. 20, 2014 -- The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) routinely collects a wide range of hydrologic data, assures the quality of this data, and makes historical and continuing records of the nation's water resources freely available in national databases.

Accordingly, USGS scientists have recently published two separate papers that provide national overviews of the status of USGS water resources information in the context of historical and technical developments in the last half-century.

In the report "Past, Present, and Future of Water Data Delivery from the U.S. Geological Survey", Robert M. Hirsch and Gary T. Fisher (retired) noted that USGS innovations, aided by rapidly-improving technology, have enabled a transition in recent years from paper reports to online reports and from daily data to instantaneous data.

An increasing emphasis on national and international data standards and web services makes it possible for users in the water management and research communities to quickly and easily import USGS water data into the operational and scientific software tools that they use. Further, distributing water data with applications on new mobile platforms brings value to new and nontraditional consumers of hydrologic information.

Likewise, USGS Chief Scientist for Water Jerad D. Bales reviewed 1974 predictions in the May 2014 edition of Water Resources Impact about how water data would be collected in the future and how those predictions have been fulfilled or altered. He also described factors, both technical and otherwise, affecting changes in water resources data collection and management, as well as future challenges for water data collection.

See also:

"USGS celebrates 50th anniversary of Water Resources Research Act"

"USGS to grant states $43M for outdoor developments through Land, Water Conservation Fund"

###

Sponsored by

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Water Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox or Mailbox

Subscribe to one of our magazines or email newsletters today at no cost and receive the latest information.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

AWWA provides free tools in new online Cyanotoxins Resource Community website

Through a collaborative effort with Hazen and Sawyer and Utah State University, the American Water Works Association has provided several free tools in its new online Cyanotoxins Resource Community. 

North Las Vegas wastewater treatment plant upgraded with MBR technology

As part of an upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant, the city of North Las Vegas, Nev., has implemented a high-performance membrane bioreactor technology from GE.

Reclamation awards $1.49M for nine desalination, water purification research projects

The Bureau of Reclamation recently announced that it has selected nine projects across the United States to receive $1.49 million under its Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The funding will support almost $13.5 million in research.

Xylem providing dewatering pumps for Panama Canal Expansion Program

The Panama Canal Expansion Program is receiving heavy-duty dewatering pumps from Xylem to fill the third set of basin locks on the Pacific Ocean sector with 1.7 billion gallons of water, as part of performance trials for the system prior to its commissioning.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

  

 


© 2015. PennWell Corporation. All Rights Reserved. PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS AND CONDITIONS