A prototype for a web-based water quality mapping in support of participatory modeling and mapping

Authors: Austin Adkison*, University of West Florida, Matthew Schwartz, University of West Florida, John Morgan*, University of West Florida, Dallas Snider, University of West Florida
Topics: Cyberinfrastructure, Water Resources and Hydrology, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Water Quality, Citizen Science, Web mapping, GIS
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Committee Room, Omni, West
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Information about water quality holds the potential to play a major role in informing how humans influence and are dependent on the environment around them. In urban areas, this challenge is particularly of concern because impaired drinking water sources can lead to widespread human harm, such as that which befell Flint, Michigan in the spring of 2014. Too often the ability to visualize water quality data in a way that is informative is limited to non-spatial formats such as spreadsheets and standard statistical charts and graphs. Further, water quality data is often held, and distributed by centralized agencies, in ways that are not readily accessible by citizens and communities that are directly impacted. This project focuses on the design and development of a participatory web-based water quality mapping tool that supports citizen science. As a starting point, the web map will serve to host/provide water quality data for the area of Escambia County, Florida. Anticipated data holds information such as the name of water sampling stations, geographical coordinates for the stations, water quality parameters that were tested for, the values of such parameters, and the date and time that the locations were visited and tested. Further, the web mapping application will provide the ability to be to perform spatial interpolation of water quality across the mapped water body areas.

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