Aquatic Informatics Calls for Proposals for New Water Data Management Grant

The theme for the Oct. 30 submission is Monitoring of Sustainable Watershed Management for Indigenous Communities

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Aquatic Informatics’ new software donation program, Ripple Effect, is calling for submissions from Indigenous communities for projects on sustainable monitoring of watersheds. 

The successful candidate will receive a subscription to Aquarius Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) analytics program used by water monitoring agencies around the world to acquire, process, model, and publish water information in real-time. Aquatic Informatics employees will volunteer their time to support this initiative and get the successful awardee up and running on the platform. 

“Ripple Effect is our way of fostering meaningful collaboration that empowers our collective pursuit of water protection and conservation,” says Edward Quilty, founder and president of Aquatic Informatics. “There are many great organizations in the world who are aligned with our purpose of protecting water but lack the means necessary to do so. This program is designed to help bridge that gap.”

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) — one of two inaugural recipients of Ripple Effect — is using Aquarius to operate a monitoring network for protecting coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva, Florida. A.J Martingnette, marine laboratory manager of SCCF says that Aquarius Time-Series is an invaluable tool for quality controlling data.

"Our in-situ water quality sensors provide a great dataset; however, they are prone to fouling. Aquarius allows us to easily remedy this issue, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of our data. The Ripple Effect donation allows us continued access to this amazing software we otherwise could not afford, aiding our ability to provide accurate water quality data to researchers and policymakers.”

Applications will be independently and externally reviewed by a panel of industry peers through a competitive process. The deadline for submission is Oct. 30. For more information on how to submit visit aquaticinformatics.com/about/ripple-effect.

Ripple Effect is a semi-annual software donation program for communities and organizations around the world that protect water. Each call for submissions has a theme associated 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.

The next call for submissions will open March 1, 2021, with the deadline to submit on April 30, 2021. If you have a theme that you would like Ripple Effect to consider, send your ideas to ripple@aquaticinformatics.com.



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