Aquatic Informatics’ new software donation programme – Ripple Effect – is calling for submissions from Indigenous communities for projects on sustainable monitoring of watersheds. The successful candidate will receive a subscription to Aquarius Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) analytics programme used by water monitoring agencies around the world to acquire, process, model, and publish water information in real-time. Aquatic Informatics employees will volunteer their time to support this initiative and get the successful awardee up and running on the platform. 

 “Ripple Effect is our way of fostering meaningful collaboration that empowers our collective pursuit of water protection and conservation,” said Edward Quilty, Founder & President of Aquatic Informatics. “There are many great organisations in the world who are aligned with our purpose of protecting water but lack the means necessary to do so. This programme is designed to help bridge that gap.”

 Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF), one of two inaugural recipients of Ripple Effect, is using Aquarius to operate a monitoring network for protecting coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva, FL. 

A.J Martingnette, Marine Laboratory Manager of SCCF said, “Aquarius Time-Series is an invaluable tool for quality controlling our data. Our in-situ water quality sensors provide a great dataset; however, they are prone to fouling. Aquarius allows us to easily remedy this issue, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of our data. The Ripple Effect donation allows us continued access to this amazing software we otherwise could not afford, aiding our ability to provide accurate water quality data to researchers and policymakers.”

 Applications will be independently and externally reviewed by a panel of industry peers through a competitive process. The deadline for submission is October 30th.

Ripple Effect is a semi-annual software donation programme for communities and organisations around the world that protect water.  Each call for submission has a theme associated so that a variety of organisations and communities can benefit from the different solutions that Aquatic Informatics has to offer in protecting life with timely water information.  The next call for submissions will open March 1, 2021, with the deadline to submit on April 30, 2021.