Monday, January 30, 2012

Aquatest: a decentralized water quality monitoring tool

Aquatest is a system for collecting water quality data onsite, and the Water Quality Reporter (WQR) is a mobile phone application for sending these data to area water system managers and/or central water quality control labs. This article describes field tests in Cambodia, Vietnam and Mozambique.

My question is - what are the incentives for field staff to report their data regularly and accurately?

Monday, January 16, 2012

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship opportunities in Geography

Full research support for PhD positions at Indiana University are available
starting Fall 2012 associated with multiple NSF funded projects
focused on land change science. Research assistantships are available
with the following projects: 1) food security and climate change in
Zambia, and 2) climate change, irrigation and water governance in
Kenya and Western United States. Research activities will include
field work and data analysis, including opportunities for Summer 2012.

Students will have the opportunity to work with students and faculty
associated with several research centers on campus focused on
multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of Coupled-Natural Systems
including the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and
Environmental Change (CIPEC) and the Workshop in Political Theory and
Policy Analysis.

We seek students with proficiency in one or more of the following
areas: GIS, remote sensing, statistical analysis of household-level
survey data, and spatial modeling (especially agent-based modeling).

Interested students should contact Dr. Tom Evans,
evans(at), with a CV and brief research statement.
Application materials should be submitted by February 1, 2012 for full

Sunday, January 8, 2012

new monitoring tool for WASH projects in urban areas

A Child’s Right [a Tacoma, WA-based NGO] installs clean water systems in orphanages, schools and children’s hospitals in urban areas in the developing world. In October 2011, the NGO launched Proving It, a web site that tracks the status of all its projects, from inception to installation and then routinely thereafter. A Child’s Right is not afraid to stick the label “failed” on projects when systems are no longer working, explaining what went wrong and what has been learned.

Text copied from: WASH News International