the hydrologic dashboard: on the road to a USGS statistical viewer

This summer, I was hired by David Hart, the coastal GIS specialist for UW Sea Grant to build a dashboard for viewing streamflow statistics in the Fox/Wolf rivershed here in Wisconsin.

Given the dashboard approach, I wanted to create something very aesthetically pleasing, flexible, and easy to use. For the data display, I coded a plot similar to that used by Google Finance. This puts all data at the user’s fingertips, and allows them to focus and zoom in on the period of interest. The project is very much in progress, but you can get a sneak peek at my secret development address

As I suggest in the title, this project is easily extensible into a nationwide USGS station statistical viewer. Any of the variables recorded at the nation’s hundreds of USGS stations could be viewed, analyzed, and compared in my data plot. The coding required would be moderate (loading the massive amounts of data quickly would be the tough part). Hmm…


  1. Hi Zach,

    Have you progressed much further this? I have visited a blog posted by you on 26 October 2007 about the USGS Statistical Viewer. I head a group at the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne, Australia working on water forecasting. Would like you to begin a dialogue with one of the guys exploring the development of a SF Dashboard for Australia, Dr Daehyok Shin.

    My Director has visited the USA many times and have excellent contacts in USGS. Thought some insight (an an update of your work) would help us at this early stage.


    Assistant Director
    Water Forecasting Services
    BOM, Australia

    Dr Dasarath Jayasuri
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:15 am | Permalink
  2. Hi, Zach.
    As a professional officer working for water resource information in the Bureau of Meteorology, I am sharing the same interest with Jaya about your visual product. We are trying to seek the best way to deliver water resource information through web, and your presentation is really interesting to us. I am wondering the current status of your product? Could you update it for me? Thanks.

    Daehyok Shin

    Daehyok Shin
    Posted June 30, 2010 at 1:36 am | Permalink

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