Vancouver – Aquatic Informatics is pleased to award the latest Ripple Effect grant to Stroud Water Research Center. Ripple Effect is a software and service donation program that will enable the Stroud Center to acquire, process, and model data using Aquarius software, and share insights with stakeholders to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems.
“Stroud Water Research Center is excited to apply the newest features of the Aquarius platform to our data management and analysis. As a recipient of the Ripple Effect grant, we are grateful for the assistance Aquatic Informatics is providing to help us develop more efficient data quality control and curation processes. This added efficiency accelerates our translation of data into discoveries that advance the science of fresh water”, said Dr. Scott Ensign, Vice President of the Stroud Center.
Ripple Effect was created for communities and organizations around the world. Each grant call has a theme so that a variety of organizations and communities can benefit from the different solutions that Aquatic Informatics has to offer in protecting life with timely water information. This year, the committee selected an Aquarius customer who would have had to discontinue leveraging Aquarius for their meaningful work if they hadn’t received the Ripple Effect grant.
A decade-long user of Aquarius, the Stroud Center has been leading the effort to produce innovative solutions for preserving and restoring fresh water through global research, education, and science-driven watershed restoration. The Stroud Center has conducted landmark studies on freshwater that have produced foundational concepts such as the Thermal Equilibrium Concept and the River Continuum Concept.
The Stroud Center collects a myriad of data for multiple projects with multiple partners at any point in time. The non-profit sought out Aquarius as a data management solution nearly 10 years ago, but the volume of data began expanding rapidly with the advent of a sensor-based citizen science program in 2017. They now use Aquarius for all their time series, with the software providing additional value outside of data storage, as its database structure allows for centralizing metadata collection, creating and applying rating curves for discharge or sediment time series, and allowing for tracking of quality control efforts and other data-manipulation efforts.