Visualizing the Nation’s Water Quality Data

Project Summary

A team of students led by Jim Heffernan, Nick Bruns, and partners at UNC and EPA will create interactive data visualizations of water quality data in rivers and lakes of the United States. These tools will aid environmental scientists, managers, policy-makers, and students who want to investigate patterns of water pollution across broad scales of space and time. Students will gain experience with manipulation of large data sets, geospatial analysis, and remote sensing of water quality parameters. Opportunities include developing visualization tools to represent spatial and temporal coverage of water quality parameters, georeferencing field observations and remote sensing satellite overpasses with field observations, and assessing spatial and temporal gaps in observations for a variety of water quality parameters.

Faculty Lead: Jim Heffernan

Project Manager: Nick Bruns

Themes and Categories
Paul Bendich

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