Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation

GWMR Special Issue: Environmental Data Analysis and Management

NGWA is announcing a call for papers for a special issue of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation® on environmental data analysis and management.

Billions of dollars have been invested in the past four decades to collect a formidable amount of groundwater monitoring and remediation performance data at impacted sites. Complex historical site data sets may include information on contaminant concentrations as well as hydrogeological, geochemical, microbiological, and physicochemical parameters, often collected by varying parties in different databases and formats. With the recent emergence of sensor-based real-time monitoring, the amount of groundwater data collected is on a steep exponential incline. Novel approaches are needed for the management and analysis of these large data sets to fully capture the investment’s worth.

The aim of this special issue — Environmental Data Management and Analysis — is to inform the groundwater community about modern and emerging tools that can be used to tackle big environmental data sets and improve decision-making. The special issue will cover the following topics:

  • Data management of both sensor (e.g., temperature, redox, groundwater elevation) and nonsensor data (e.g., geologic data, survey data, water/soil sampling information, analytical results)
  • Strategies for managing historical data sets often in paper/PDF-based formats
  • Data mining approaches
  • Modern statistical and machine-learning data analysis
  • Cloud-based data analytics and transformation in support of real-time decision-making
  • Data reduction techniques and visualization
  • Data management best practices (e.g., collection, QA/QC, storage, security, and sharing).

GWMR is currently targeting 2022 for publication of the special issue. Guest editors of the issue are Jens Blotevogel, Ph.D. (Colorado State University, and Charles Newell, Ph.D. (GSI Environmental Inc., Additional members of the Guest Editorial Board are Jessica Meyer, Ph.D. (University of Iowa, and Kayvan Karimi Askarani, Ph.D. (Colorado State University, If interested, please submit a brief synopsis of your proposed manuscript to one of the guest editors by May 16, 2021. All submitted manuscripts are subject to the normal GWMR review process.