The system enabled researchers to focus on their core competency and spend more time on the science, by automating repetitive data entry tasks.
Reduced data management time by 30-40% by streamlining data collection
Provided public access to data in near real time, at 5-star open data levels
Made information instantly repurposable to new lines of inquiry
Automated and simplified the data entry process for both citizen scientists and university researchers
Minimized the opportunities to introduce human error into the data entry process
Provided additional data-entry fields for contextual information and quality control
Rocky View Well Watch Program
Rocky View Well Watch is a joint initiative between the University of Calgary and Rocky View County to monitor groundwater levels.
Rocky View County is a large, rural, agricultural and residential county in Southern Alberta. The region relies on water supply from the disappearing Bow Glacier and Bow headwaters, as well as groundwater. Groundwater in the area supports residents, farmers, and industry. The region is subject to droughts, and lies within the Palliser Drought Triangle. The most recent drought was in summer 2015. With so much relying on it, groundwater in the area is critical.
To understand, track, and manage this precious resource, Rocky View County and the University of Calgary partnered to manage groundwater reserves in the area. A monitoring program was put in place to track groundwater levels in private and public wells. Volunteers living in the county measure the water level in their wells. They report their measurements via SensorUp’s volunteer portal.
The project established a baseline water level, monitors fluctuations on an ongoing basis, and conducts research using the data to inform public policy.