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  1. 1. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center The Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual  Observatory Ted Kratschmer (ekratsch@lc.edu) National Great Rivers Research and Education Center SWCS Annual Meeting Louisville, Kentucky 7/27/16 www.greatlakestogulf.org
  2. 2. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center NGRREC The Center’s Scholars and Scientists study the  ecology of great rivers, the watersheds that feed  them and the ties to the communities that use  them
  3. 3. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center The Watershed
  4. 4. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center The Challenges Multiple functions served by the river , from agriculture  to transportation, to wastewater conveyance & river  management combine to degrade the water quality.
  5. 5. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Water Quality Monitoring • Multiple local, state and federal agencies,  NGOs, academic institutions, conduct regular  water quality monitoring and data collection.   Most of the data is made available to the  public through multiple databases and  websites.
  6. 6. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center The Response Identifying a need to consolidate the  available data, identify gaps in data  and better communicate water  quality science the National Great  Rivers Research and Education Center  partnered with the University of  Illinois’ National Center for  Supercomputing Applications and  Illinois‐Indiana Sea Grant to develop  the Great Lakes to Gulf Virtual  Observatory. www.greatlakestogulf.org
  7. 7. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center The Mission • To assist our understanding of  large river ecology and facilitate  decision making through an  interactive geospatial  application that integrates and  visualizes relevant data from  respected sources. Data Knowledge Policy
  8. 8. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center GLTG Virtual Observatory • Powered by the NCSA’s  GeoDashboard, the  Observatory provides access  to environmental monitoring  data collected throughout  the Mississippi River  Watershed. • It provides a new resource  for stakeholders to inform  their research and decisions  on how the functions of the  river are managed and  sustained. http://www.greatlakestogulf.org/
  9. 9. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center HOME On the Home page, users have access to all of the Observatory’s available  data points.  The available data is organized by data source and river reaches  and watershed On the Home page, users have access to all of the Observatory’s available  data points.  The available data is organized by data source and river reaches  and watershed
  10. 10. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  11. 11. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Explore the Data
  12. 12. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center View Data
  13. 13. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  14. 14. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  15. 15. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
  16. 16. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Search • On the search page users are able to create unique data sets for the  specific sites, sources, and parameters that interest them. • Users can then download their selected data sets in common file formats  like CSV and JSON. • On the search page users are able to create unique data sets for the  specific sites, sources, and parameters that interest them. • Users can then download their selected data sets in common file formats  like CSV and JSON.
  17. 17. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Compare
  18. 18. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Future After launching with a focus on nutrients and water  quality, the Observatory will expand to include  additional types of environmental monitoring data.
  19. 19. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Future • Additional map context layers • More data sets, parameters • Near real‐time updating • Focused watersheds • Nutrient reduction strategies • Temporal trends
  20. 20. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Acknowledgements • Those who have given us feedback and tested  the site • Data providers • Funding 
  21. 21. National Great Rivers Research and Education Center National Great Rivers Research and Education Center Questions? Feedback? • gltg@lc.edu • ekratsch@lc.edu • www.greatlakestogulf.org

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