Articles | Volume 23, issue 2
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1045–1065, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1045-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1045–1065, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1045-2019

Research article 20 Feb 2019

Research article | 20 Feb 2019

Citizen science flow – an assessment of simple streamflow measurement methods

Jeffrey C. Davids et al.

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Wise management of water resources requires data. Nevertheless, the amount of water data being collected continues to decline. We evaluated potential citizen science approaches for measuring flows of headwater streams and springs. After selecting salt dilution as the preferred approach, we partnered with Nepali students to cost-effectively measure flows and water quality with smartphones at 264 springs and streams which provide crucial water supplies to the rapidly expanding Kathmandu Valley.