University of Florida partners with SAS to address water quality challenges through analytics

Charlotte Harbor Water Quality Testing Pilot Expansion

CARY, North Carolina and TALLAHASSEE, Florida., August 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The University of Florida The Center for Coastal Solutions (CCS) is embarking on an ambitious partnership with analytics leader SAS to study the factors that influence water quality in the Port of Charlotte. Funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), this project aligns with CCS’s mission to innovate cutting-edge data analytics, modeling, and artificial intelligence to advance scientific discovery and provide gives leaders the information they need to identify the decisions and investments that will make Charlotte Harbor a success in environmental restoration.

The project will assess the links between water quality and key economic sectors in the region. As part of the one-year project, SAS and CCS will use SAS® Via® on Microsoft Azure to develop a web-based water analysis platform to integrate a diversity of data streams to facilitate scientific research, visualize water quality conditions over time, and gain insights on effective clean water management techniques. SAS Viya is the company’s flagship platform for artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics and data management,

An interdisciplinary team of CCS researchers – hydrologists, oceanographers, ecologists, economists and computer scientists – will use the data to study the interdependencies between pollution, ocean circulation, coastal water quality and the economy and will use the satellite data to develop a high-resolution water quality prediction technology.

Building on a successful water quality pilot project

In a recent collaboration, CCS and SAS have developed a pilot-scale platform to gather massive amounts of water quality data from the Charlotte Harbor Estuary in near real-time with easy-to-use visualizations. . This pilot project demonstrated the value of rapidly integrating high-quality data to support decision-making and scientific research.

The new project will expand the successful Port of Charlotte pilot project to include the northern portion of the port and associated tributaries. By incorporating additional regional and environmental watershed economic data, CCS and SAS will explore a broader range of factors affecting water quality in Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River Basin and estimate the economic impacts of environmental changes throughout the region.

“By capitalizing on the exceptional computing power of the University of Florida and SAS Viya, CCS, SAS, and DEP are in a unique position to leverage vast amounts of environmental data that has been collected by state agencies, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and others to better understand how the coastal water quality is changing and why,” said Christine Angelini, PhD, Director of CCS and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. “Our main goal in combining this advanced scientific understanding with a holistic assessment of the regional economy is to provide useful and actionable information to decision makers who want to leave a legacy of cleaner waters, healthier ecosystems and a more sustainable economy. more robust and resilient in this region of the state.”

Florida harnesses analytics in bold efforts to improve water quality

The Governor’s FY22-23 Budget commits more than $3.6 billion at florida environment and water quality, including $17 million will be dedicated to data analysis for the improvement of water quality.

“We are delighted and proud to be associated with the University of Florida and SAS to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges,” said Dr. mark the rains, florida Scientific Director. “This analytics platform will help us better identify and respond to changes in water quality in the Port of Charlotte, and it has the potential to unlock data-driven solutions that will improve our efforts across the board. ‘State.”

Learn more in this water quality webinar with experts from University of FloridaSAS and Intel.

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