Catalog of Monitoring Programs Workgroup
Florida monitoring agencies and entities have long recognized the
need for a centralized searchable website to provide the “who, what,
when, where, and why” of water resource monitoring conducted in Florida.
This centralized searchable website is Action Item I-1 in the 2008
Council Action Plan. It sets the stage for other Council projects, and
is critical to many efforts: improved resource management, data sharing,
monitoring gap identification, increasing the knowledge base, minimizing
duplication of effort, developing adverse event monitoring response, and
others. A workgroup was formed to evaluate
options and coordinate development of a “Catalog of Florida Monitoring
Programs” (Catalog) to meet this need.
From late 2011 through spring 2012, the Catalog Workgroup evaluated
20 existing online monitoring atlases, catalogs, and portals to identify
desirable features and locate an existing website onto which the Catalog
could potentially piggyback. During these meetings, the Catalog
Workgroup identified and addressed many of the issues critical to
Catalog development and maintenance. The Workgroup selected the
University of South Florida’s (USF) Water Institute, which created and
maintains the Catalog of Florida Monitoring Programs. The Catalog
Workgroup selected the name Water-CAT for the Catalog and continues to
meet at least quarterly to address issues, resolve issues, and approve
new features and functionality for the Water-CAT.
released in May 2014, is an interactive, searchable, web-enabled
database of state, federal, local, private sector, and volunteer
organizations that monitor water resources in Florida. The Water-CAT
serves as the “first cut” in locating ongoing monitoring efforts for
water resource managers, policy makers, and citizens.
The Catalog includes searchable metadata on freshwater, marine,
groundwater, sediment, and biological resource monitoring.
Both spatial and tabular interfaces allow searches by organization,
station locations, monitoring frequency, time range, sampled parameters,
Water Body IDs (WBIDs), active vs. inactive stations, and other
Metadata searches are designed to be downloaded as KML, CSV, or TXT
files; maps can be saved as .jpg files. Links to project-level
data are included on the website for user convenience.
Initially, USF harvested metadata from Florida STORET and the U.S.
Geological Survey’s NWIS databases to load 104,000 stations monitored by
about 70 organizations. It now works directly with other large
data providers to harvest and upload metadata from existing datasets, as
well as “fill the gaps” for elements such as Monitoring Frequency,
Project/Station Status (active vs. inactive) and Projection Description,
which are not usually stored within data. Monitoring entities also have
the option of entering their metadata using online data entry forms,
downloadable templates, CSV files, or in the future, GIS shapefiles.
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
There are currently no meetings scheduled. Stay tuned for new meeting
Catalog Workgroup Meeting Materials
November 17, 2015 Subgroup Meeting – Meeting Summary
May 19, 2015 Catalog Workgroup - Agenda, Meeting Summary,
List of Metadata Options
March 31, 2015 Catalog Workgroup - Agenda, Meeting
March 2, 2015 Catalog Workgroup - Agenda, Meeting
October 29, 2014 Catalog Workgroup - Agenda, Meeting