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Wired Watchdog of the Waterways

October 20, 2009 10:48 AM

[8/28/2009] -- Claire Welty watched a thunderstorm roll in from the west. The network of monitors tracking Gwynns Falls streams began to react, tracking the Baltimore area’s streams and rivers like an MRI of a patient’s veins and arteries.

Other screens show visual data from weather radar, web cameras monitoring smog, aircraft flyovers, satellite instruments and other sophisticated tools of the modern water scientist’s trade. One animation, made by UMBC/GES graduate student and IGERT Fellow Garth Lindner, models the ebb and flow of water through a road culvert.

“We’re so excited to have this powerful research and teaching tool,” said Welty. “The Visualization Lab will help us predict, model and track the flow of many factors that impact the health of our waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. It also gives us a dynamic, eye-catching way to demonstrate to the public and partners how our research directly affects Marylanders.”


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