The United States Geological Survey’s California Water Science Center developed an online, interactive data visualization tool to observe the record-breaking drought in California. The tool visualizes information from state, federal, and tribal agencies to plot dryness levels, water reservoir volumes, and snowpack quantity over the last three years. The California Water Science Center hopes that better studying of the current drought, which was declared a state of emergency in early 2014, is crucial for planning and preparedness for future droughts. The team of researchers behind the tool have made all the data and resources involved in making the project available on GitHub.
Visualizing California’s Drought with Open Data
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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