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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"NorEaST: A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper"

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 11:30 am
134 Morrill Science Center Conference Room, UMass Amherst (speaker will present remotely)
Jana Stewart Jana Stewart and Yin-Phan Tsang
Dr. Jana Stewart, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center
Dr. Yin-Phan Tsang, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University

The NorEaST web portal was developed to serve as a coordinated, multi-agency regional framework to map and store continuous stream temperature locations and data for New England, Mid Atlantic, and Great Lakes States. Stream temperature monitoring locations and metadata can be viewed for nearly 7900 monitoring locations across 22 states, contributed by 41 different organizations. The objectives of the project are to 1) Identify common data fields and structures that are state-of-the-art for maintaining water quality data.  Using this information, the PIs are building a data template and framework to store incoming stream temperature data, build web services to output these standards, and format select datasets to demonstrate applications of these data, 2) Conduct user testing to engage agencies and other users/data stewards to refine the web portal for data access and management purposes, and 3) Develop and apply models for targeted applications of selected data to demonstrate the utility of large scale, consistent stream temperature data in decision making.

--> View the NorEaST project details here:


Jana Stewart is a Geographer with the US Geological Survey WI Water Science Center. Her research interests include linking geographic information systems and regional databases to develop predictive models that can be used to evaluate the influences of landscape factors and climate change on aquatic biota and habitat. She has been working with the USGS Wisconsin Internet Mapping Team and USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics to develop decision support mapping tools that can be used by resource managers for conservation planning and decision making.

Yin-Phan Tsang is interested in linking surface hydrology with aquatic ecosystems and investigating physical processes that reflect impact by climate and landuse changes. She is a postdoc in Michigan State University. In additional to the following stream temperature project, she is also working on 1. USGS Auqatic Gap national assessment, and 2. Prioritizing conservation needs of aquatic habitats in Hawaii.