We have just received our digital copy of the WMO Bulletin (Volume 68 No.1), the official journal of the World Meteorological Organization.
In this issue, several topics are highlighted including smart organization for the future, data sharing for sustainability, integrated services for decision makers, Early Warning Systems and young professionals, the future of climate services, World Climate Research programme, global water issues and hydrological responses and other relevant articles.
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The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) has scheduled a free webinar entitled: Crowdsourcing and Wicked Water Quality Problems, for January 24th 2018 at 2pm-3pm with Alan Kolok, Director of Idaho Water Resources Research Institute, University of Idaho as its presenter.
This webinar provides evidence to support the scientific merits underlying crowdsourced water quality data, and also contends that well designed citizen science campaigns can address wicked water quality problems. To demonstrate the utility of crowdsourced data collection, we initiated two citizen science campaigns within the Mississippi River basin. In both campaigns, the citizen scientists collected data regarding the presence/absence of the herbicide atrazine. The analytic tool used in these campaigns was a commercially available detection strip that discriminated between the presence or absence of atrazine at the US EPA drinking water standard of 3 micrograms per L. During the two campaigns, the citizen scientists were provided with atrazine strips as well as directions for their proper use. Recovery of the data focused upon electronic and social media mechanisms.
Crowdsourced data generation produced large datasets that are collected synchronously and repeatedly at the same site over time. As such, it can be considered as a highly valuable tool for use when assessing wicked problems such as non-point source runoff.
The newest issue of the the Earth, Space and Science News magazine (Volume 99 No. 1) for January 2018 looks at climate change effects, river flows, weather systems, pollution, threat to ozone health and much more.
Persons wishing to view this issue can email me or visit me at my desk to be provided with a copy of the latest magazine.
Although long-term flood records are useful, there may also be large-scale, systematic forces at work that past studies have not adequately captured. For one, traditional prediction methods often assume that flood hydrology is stationary, or, rather, that the magnitude and variability of flood events do not change systematically over time. However, climate change and water management practices could significantly alter the magnitude and variability of extreme flooding events, causing floods to become nonstationary.
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We all know the significance of gathering data for the effective running of our organization. Such data is ensured by acquiring reliable rain and stream flow gauges. In her article below Sarah Witman discusses guidelines put forward by the World Meteorological Organization, as well as, a recent study by Keum and Coulibaly, which has expanded on such guidelines to assist persons on determining optimal locations for such gauges and how to better understand information from stream gauges.