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  • WMC / Bug Lab Database (924)

    USA freshwater taxa data retrieval services. The Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems (WMC) and the BLM/USU National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) provide two data query tools that allow users to retrieve macroinvertebrate data stored in the WMC/NAMC database. The database contains over 1.3 million records of freshwater taxa observed in over 44,000 samples. Most samples are from streams and rivers, but some lake data are included. MAPIT, a Mapping Application for Freshwater Invertebrate Taxa, allows users to map and download occurrence records of individual taxa. The Sample Query Tool allows users to download multi-taxon sample data. Both applications allow users to filter queries by state, year, and other criteria.

    Direct questions and comments to Chuck Hawkins (chuck.hawkins@usu.edu), Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University. (7/13/2011)

  • HydroDesktop (1331)

    HydroDesktop is a free and open source desktop application  that serves as a client for CUAHSI HIS WaterOneFlow web services data and includes data discovery, download, visualization, editing, and integration with other analysis and modeling tools. 
    HydroDesktop is  a local (i.e. not server-based) client side software tool, based on  the GIS program MapWindows that provides a highly usable level of access to HIS Services. The software provides several capabilities including data query, map-based visualization, data download, local data maintenance, editing, graphing, data export to selected model-specific data formats, linkage with integrated modeling systems such as OpenMI. HydroDesktop currently runs on Windows only.

  • Protovis: a graphical approach to visualization (790)

    Protovis creates web-embedded static and interactive graphics - from simple bar chats to dynamic visualizations and sparklines. Unlike low-level graphics libraries that quickly become tedious for visualization, Protovis defines marks through dynamic properties that encode data, allowing inheritance, scales and layouts to simplify construction.
    Protovis is free and open-source, provided under the BSD License. It uses JavaScript and SVG for web-native visualizations; no plugin required. Although programming experience is helpful, Protovis is mostly declarative and designed to be learned by example.

  • NOAA Education Resources (987)

    NOAA's many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced. (8/27/2010)

  • Videos for Learning R (2905)

     List of 15 sites with collections of short training videos on using the R statistics package. Videos range from installing R to basic data analysis and graphing to bootstrapping and social network analysis. List is hosted on the blog of Jeremy Anglim, a Lecturer on Statistics and Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Beyond the list of videos, it's worthwhile poking around the rest of the site for statistical tidbits. (8/15/2010)

  • Octave - numerical programming language (1132)

    GNU Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab. It may also be used as a batch-oriented language. (Linux/Mac/OS2/Solaris/Windows) (11/19/2008)

  • NCALM - LiDAR Data Distribution Center (1330)

    National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) Data Distribution Center provides public access to high-resolution airborne laser swath mapping data (ALSM) acquired by NCALM for NSF sponsored research projects. You can visualize the location of the available projects and download data files using a Google Earth interface. The interface also provides on the fly, multi-resolution shaded relief overlays for the LIDAR DEM that can be used to preview the data and see the accurate extent of the dataset. The Google Earth KML file can be used off-line to browse project locations and meta-data (Internet connection required for the overlays). For the main NCALM website go to www.ncalm.org (11/18/2008)

  • MapWindow GIS (1085)

    The MapWindow application is a free, extensible, geographic information system (GIS) that can be used: As an alternative desktop GIS; To distribute data to others; To develop and distribute custom spatial data analyses. At the core of the MapWindow application is the MapWinGIS ActiveX control. Using this control, you can program custom mapping functionality directly into your own software. Open source component (free distribution). Complete GIS API for shapefile and grid data. Many built in GIS functions [Windows Only] (9/25/2008)

  • Watershed Assessment Associates (WAA) (1449)

    Watershed Assessment Associates (WAA) is a leader in providing communities, businesses, municipalities, and planners with watershed evaluations. We perform water quality sampling and analysis and taxonomy services for clients throughout the United States. Our professional biologists tailor small and large projects to meet the needs of our clients, and work in accordance with all local and state protocols. WAA also offers professional development workshops, training in applied research, and monitoring program seminars for professionals, students, and volunteers. (4/19/2008)

  • Papers (1715)

    Best described as iTunes for PDFs, Papers provides a single application to manage and access your digital reprint collection. You can seek, download, archive, and organize your articles in "smart folders". In addition to adding files by dragging and dropping the PDFs, Endnote, RefMan, BibTex and Connotea libraries can be imported. Originally limited to being able to only search PubMed, you can now search with Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science, with more search engine plugins on the way. Winner of the 2007 Apple Design Award for 'Best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution' (11/5/2007)

  • Hydroseek (1393)

    Hydroseek is map based search engine for locating water quality and hydrology data from approximately 1.9 million sites in the USA. Built on top of MS LiveEarth viewer, Hydroseek provides unified access to data from US Geological Survey (NWIS), Environmental Protection Agency (STORET), Texas Commission of Water Quality, Chesapeake Information Management System and other data sources. The inclusion of an ontology engine means that a search for "nutrients" won't be limited to the string "nutrients" but will also return measurements of nutrients such as nitrate-nitrogen, orthophosphate, micronutrients etc. Works best with IE6+, tolerates Firefox, doesn't play nicely with Safari nor Opera (even when spoofing IE). (11/5/2007)

  • Catalogue of Diatom Names (1406)

    The Catalogue of Diatom Names is now available on-line at the California Academy of Sciences. This project, over 10 years in the making, is a database of all diatom genus, species and infraspecific names, and is a compilation of Van Landingham’s Catalogue as well as the New Species File of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, the Index Nominum Algarum of Paul Silva at the University of California, Berkeley, and names not found in these works. In contains over 62,000 names. A searchable bibliography of over 12,000 records is also available. (10/2/2007)

  • MacAnova: Statistical Analysis and Matrix Algebra (1124)

    In spite of its name, MacAnova is not just for Macintosh computers and not just for doing Analysis of Variance. MacAnova is a free, open source, interactive statistical analysis program for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux written by Gary W. Oehlert and Christopher Bingham, both of the School of Statistics, University of Minnesota. MacAnova has many capabilities but its strengths are analysis of variance and related models, matrix algebra, time series analysis (time and frequency domain), and (to a lesser extent) uni- and multi-variate exploratory statistics. (9/16/2007)

  • Nature Precedings (2018)

    Nature Precedings is a place for researchers to share pre-publication research, unpublished manuscripts, presentations, posters, white papers, technical papers, supplementary findings, and other scientific documents. Submissions are screened by our professional curation team for relevance and quality, but are not subjected to peer review. They welcome high-quality contributions from biology, medicine (except clinical trials), chemistry and the earth sciences. (6/21/2007)

  • CUAHSI Database of Education and Outreach Programs (1151)

    To assist the aquatic sciences community in identifying existing education and outreach programs that might be useful outlets for their research, the CUAHSI Education and Outreach program has developed a database of existing hydrology-related education and outreach groups around the US. These groups may be useful as partners to meet NSF “broader impact� requirements or may provide information that may help researchers better design and tailor their own outreach programs. Each resource includes the internet site where the data was found along with a relevant description of the specific outreach program. The database has been organized to enable searching based on the following criteria: Geographic location (national to local); Type of organization (e.g., federal, nonprofit, commercial, etc.); Target audience / education level; and Open text searches on Themes, Keywords, and Descriptions. (6/15/2007)

  • Earth Portal (1449)

    The Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs. It contains no commercial advertising and reaches a large global audience. The Earth Portal has three components: 1. The Encyclopedia of Earth, with over 2,000 articles, is produced and reviewed by 700 scholars from 46 countries. 2. The EarthForum provides commentary from scholars and discussions with the general public. 3. The EarthNews offers news stories on environmental issues drawn from many sources. Supported by the Environmental Information Coalition and the National Council for Science and the Environment. (4/27/2007)

  • Water on the Web (1272)

    The primary goal of Water on the Web (WOW) is to train students to understand and solve real-world environmental problems. WOW contains two sets of curricula. Basic Science offers opportunities for high school and first year college students to learn basic science through hands-on science activities, in the lab and in the field, and by working with state-of-the-art technologies accessible through this web site. Water Science offers a two-semester water resource management curriculum for second year technical students or undergraduates in water resource management, water science, or environmental resource management programs. (11/22/2006)

  • HyperStat Online (1649)

    Created and maintained by Professor David M. Lane of Rice University, the HyperStat Online site contains an online introductory statistics textbook, complete with sections on normal distributions, confidence intervals, prediction, and the logic of hypothesis testing. Each section contains a number of discrete subsections, and users can feel free to browse around at their leisure. Site includes a good selection of interactive instructional demos and excersiae and problem sets. Also included are a number of external links to related resources, including a visual statistics and “Stat Primer� sites. [adapted from The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2006. http://scout.wisc.edu] (6/23/2006)

  • North American Black Fly Association (NABFA) (1586)

    Website for the North American Black Fly Association (NABFA). This recently developed website serves to : *act as a resource for both North American and international black fly workers; * provide the latest NABFA news, including details about our annual meeting; *post employment and graduate studies opportunities, describe new projects, and share recent publications and ideas. (5/10/2006)

  • Real-time NOAA/WDSSII Weather Imagery for Google Earth (1677)

    Site provides real-time data as data layers (.kml) for Google Earth. Layers include: Radar Reflectivity for entire continental US and regions as one image (plus NWS warning polygons) * Satellite imagery * Real-time NWS Warning Polygons on a one-minute update cycle * Storm reports from the Storm Prediction Center. Data layers are also archived for one week. (5/1/2006)

What's New
  • March 2017 Issue of Freshwater Science now online more
  • 2017 Instars Fellowship applications now available more
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  • Emily Bernhardt's President's Environment: Be Kind more
  • Read the Spring 2016 issue of in the drift! more
  • Proposed Constitutional Revisions 2016 more
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  • New publication describes the fate and ecological effects of amphetamine on biofilm, seston, and aquatic insect communities

  • SFS Bibliography Update:  The 2014 SFS Bibliography is available. 

  • New publication describes dataset developed to assess aquatic condition and watershed integrity

  • New BRIDGES cluster highlights the diverse biological and sociological conditions in urban watersheds

  • Freshwater Science is now available on the new University of Chicago Press Journals website. 


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