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Idaho State University team creates computer desktop to help researchers worldwide access hydrological data - “HydroDesktop”

July 19, 2010View for printing

Hydrological data - information about the movement, distribution, and quality of water throughout the United States - that may have formerly taken weeks to laboriously gather, will soon be available after a few mouse “clicks,” thanks in part to a computer desktop application being created by Idaho State University researchers.

“Ten years ago it took me about a month or more to gather basic data on Washington’s Yakima River when I was preparing to do my master’s thesis,” said Daniel P. Ames, ISU geosciences professor and Idaho State University’s 2009-10 Distinguished Researcher.

“With the desktop software we’re developing at ISU, I could gather that same data in about 15 minutes. If you multiply that month saved by the hundreds of scientists using this type of data for research around the country, you’ve saved hundreds of person-years of work effort just collecting data, so researchers can get on to the real business of using that data to complete new science.”


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