Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) Releases Complete Monitoring Dataset for the Lower Athabasca RiverDec 21 2010
Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) today delivered on the commitment it made in September of 2010 and has made public all of the data it has collected since the organization was created in 1997.
While data from RAMP has been available to the public through its technical annual reports posted on the RAMP website, and to researchers through data sharing agreements, RAMP is providing access to the full dataset in order to further strengthen sharing of data and research results with other organizations and individuals. The public can now view and use data previously only available to the members of RAMP – industry, government, Aboriginal, and other communities.
The information is now available via the RAMP website at www.ramp-alberta.org to anyone with a Web browser.
Users will have access to the more than two million data records RAMP has compiled through its active and on-going monitoring of the aquatic environment in the Lower Athabasca Region since 1997, supplemented by additional aquatic monitoring information collected by Syncrude between 1987 and 1997.
Data available includes information related to climate and hydrology, water quality, benthic invertebrate communities, sediment quality, fish populations and fish health, and lakes sensitive to acidity.
RAMP will refine the beta form of the interface based on feedback from users.
The Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program (RAMP) is a science-based multi-stakeholder aquatic environmental monitoring program initiated in 1997; one of a number of programs monitoring the aquatic environment in the Lower Athabasca region of Alberta. The intent of RAMP is to determine, evaluate and communicate the state of the aquatic environment and any changes that may result from resource development within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
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