NOAA’s National Water Model offers huge improvements in flood forecasting

As a proud partner of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the last 25 years, Riverside is excited about NOAA’s recently launched forecasting tool, the National Water Model. The model simulates water’s movement through the nation’s rivers and streams, providing a picture of the rainfall on the ground for 1/6th mile x1/6th mile square blocks across the entire country. Experts agree this innovation could be the biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.

The National Water Model uses data from more than 8,000 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) gages to simulate conditions for 2.7 million locations, generating hourly forecasts for the entire river network. Before the new model, NOAA was forecasting streamflow for roughly 4,000 locations every few hours. Riverside is excited to include the outputs from this model as an option in future conversations about our forecasting projects. For more details, see http://www.noaa.gov/media-release/noaa-launches-america-s-first-national-water-forecast-model.

floodRiverside has an additional local link to this new model, too. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, just an hour down the road from Riverside’s headquarters in Fort Collins, were critical members of the team that developed the model. NCAR, with whom we’ve partnered on multiple projects, was recently featured on 9News Denver: http://www.9news.com/news/local/colorado-scientists-develop-new-way-to-predict-floods/301716690

Riverside congratulates NOAA on this breakthrough tool, and we look forward to continuing our work toward our common mission of understanding changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts and sharing that knowledge with others.

Riverside to sponsor lunch symposium at AMS Annual Meeting

Each year, Riverside looks forward to attending, exhibiting, and presenting at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting, where more than 3,000 scientists, researchers, educators, students, and other professionals from across the weather, water, and climate community come together to share, learn, and collaborate. For the upcoming meeting in Seattle in January 2017, Riverside is pleased to add “Symposium Sponsor” to our list of roles at this prominent and respected event.

Business Lunch

Riverside, along with our partner Vencore, will be hosting the GOES-R/JPSS Symposium Town Hall Lunch on Tuesday, January 24. The symposium, “GOES-R and JPSS – Future of the Environmental Satellite System Enterprise,” will bring together a panel of experts in environmental satellites to discuss the future of the environmental satellite system enterprise, how to best meet current and new requirements, and how to use emerging technologies and operational concepts.  Panel members will include representatives from the National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey, Department of Defense (DoD), European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) environmental satellites ground and algorithm enterprise.

William B. Gail, a past AMS President and co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Global Weather Corp., will moderate the panel. Gail is also a NRC Earth Science and Applications from Space (ESAS) 2017-2027 Decadal Survey member.

Other invited panelists include:

  • Steven Ackerman, Univ. of WI, co-chair of the 2017 Decadal Survey for Earth Science & Space Applications panel on Weather and Air Quality
  • Mike Kalb, Acting Director NESDIS/STAR
  • Ralph Stoffler, Director of Air Force Weather, HQ USAF/Office
  • Kenneth Holmlund, EUMETSAT Acting Chief Scientist
  • Karen St Germain, NESDIS/OSAAP Director

Keep checking our blog for more details as the AMS Annual Meeting gets closer.

Updated webpage lets Riverside projects shine

Here at Riverside, we spend a lot of time talking about our most valuable asset – our staff. Our science and engineering experts manage and analyze critical data and provide specialized services encompassing the data lifecycle – from collection and management to analysis and visualization. But the best way to explain just exactly how amazing our employees are is to talk about the work they do each and every day, which we do on a recently updated section of our website, www.riverside.com.

We recently freshened up the content and enhanced the look of the “Our Work” tab so that it is more user-intuitive and more closely aligns with our mission of presenting a bold vision, innovate thinking, and dynamic leadership. Here, we explain how our team provides design, development, and implementation for projects in the sectors of Earth Observation and Satellite Systems, Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences, Integrated Water Management, Land Use and Natural Resources, Coastal and Marine Environments, and Climate Risk. Click on any one of the sectors for descriptions of some of our key projects.

Happy browsing!

 

Riverside hosts science educators at the Stennis Space Center

Riverside Technology is a Corporate Member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and regularly participates in AMS functions, such as the
Annual Meeting each January, which is the world’s largest gathering for the weather, water, and climate community. Our CEO, Larry Brazil, is also an AMS Fellow. So when members of the AMS Education Resource Associates (AERA) group wanted to pay a visit to our facility at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, where we support the work of NOAA’s Coastal Data Development (CDD) Program, we were more than happy to oblige.

Fred Zeile, the stennisproject manager for our Stennis Technical Support work, briefed the AERAs on our support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, particularly the subsurface monitoring efforts. He also provided a brief look at the live Okeanos Explorer video feeds in our Exploration Command Center. The Okeanos is currently exploring our largely unknown ocean with special deep-water roving cameras.

“It was a privilege to meet and interact with this distinguished group of educators from across the country,” Zeile said. “Their efforts and enthusiasm generate student interest and understanding in science, technology, and mathematics, developing the next generation of leaders in these critical areas.”

AERAs are specially trained science educators chosen for their sustained and substantive service to the AMS Education Program. This network of educators provides information about meteorology, oceanography, and hydrology to teachers across the country AERAs are often leaders in their districts and states, contributing to the development of instructional frameworks and state and local science standards. This group is also part of the Maury Project, focused on studies of the physical foundations of oceanography.

“The tours and briefings were fantastic,” said David Smith, AMS Fellow and Co-Director of the Maury Project. “Those who attended raved about the quality and professionalism of all who presented, giving our teachers a wonderful perspective of how meteorology and oceanography are so very important for NASA, NOAA, and the Navy. They will be able to discuss your applications to their students and colleagues. It was a terrific experience for all.”

Employee Focus: Shawn Sutherland

Shawn Sutherland is Riverside’s Director of Human Resources, and he’s been keeping our employees happy and healthy since 2013. He plans and executes Riverside’s human resources programs and is responsible for talent acquisition and management, compensation, legal compliance, and employee relations. He is also our Health and Safety Officer, and he implements our corporate training programs. He and his wife Jess recently welcomed their third child, Maisy Lola Sutherland, in late July.

 1. What three traits describe you?

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Shawn Sutherland is Riverside’s resident #1 CSU Rams fan.

Analytical, competitive, sarcastic

2. What motivates you to do what you do? 

I like that I can contribute to the success of an organization through its people. That’s especially true at a company like Riverside, where the best way to differentiate ourselves from the competition is through our awesome employees. I get to be analytical and am challenged with new things every day.

3. What do you find most challenging about your job?

Trying to stay up to date with the ever -hanging world of employment law: PPACA, FLSA, ERISA, ADA, DOL, SCA, ADEA, HIPPA, COBRA, LHWCA. See technical peeps, I can acronym, too!

4. What are your favorite things to do when you’re not at work?

Play with my kids, homebrew beer, attend Colorado State University sporting events (go Rams!), camp, and check out local breweries.

5. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

It wasn’t weird, but it was interesting. One summer in college, I did inventory for a multi-acre auto salvage yard. It wasn’t one of those places where the public was permitted to pull parts. Instead, employees pulled parts off (usually wrecked) vehicles and left them in piles all over. My job was to collect the parts (I had a shopping cart), figure out what they were, tag them, place them somewhere on the property, then enter the part and location in the inventory system. This sounds straight forward, but I didn’t know anything about car parts (Is this a starter or condenser?  Why is everything always so dirty?), and the storage space consisted of numerous warehouses and rows of buses. We stored old headlights and taillights in old school buses that had the seats removed and shelves installed. I learned a lot.

6. What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Probably something to do with brewing beer.

7. What is your favorite movie, book, and TV show?

This is hard, but if I had to pick today…

  1. Movie – Alien
  2. Book – No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  3. TV – “Game of Thrones”

8.  Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I really, REALLY slowly completed the Boulder marathon in September of 2011. I am not the most athletic person (not much of a surprise), so I’m not sure why I decided to do this. It could have been poor planning by the race organizers or maybe they just didn’t expect anyone to take that long, but by the time I finished, it was really hot, and there was very little shade on the course. It was terrible. My legs hurt just thinking about it, and no one should ever do this.

9. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

Growing up, I always liked math and science. In college, I took some really interesting courses related to civil rights and liberties, criminology, and deviance.

10. What kind of music do you listen to?

Mostly all sorts of rock, both old(ish) and new.

11. You can only eat the same three foods for the rest of your life. What are they?

This is easy. Pizza, beer, and tacos. A balanced diet for sure.

12. If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?

A sugar-free Redbull/Monster tap.

Riverside earns prestigious ISO 9001 certification

Riverside Tecisohnology, inc. is pleased to announce that we have earned ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 is a quality-management system standard that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization, which is an association of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from many countries. The ISO 9001 standard is utilized to certify a company’s focus on continuous improvement, customer satisfaction, and the active involvement of both management and employees in a process-based approach.

“Any company that has been through the certification process knows that achieving ISO 9001 certification is demanding,” said Larry Brazil, President and CEO of Riverside. “Each individual in our operations is wholly dedicated to the pursuit of quality. By scrutinizing our company at every level, we assure that our customers are receiving the highest quality services.”

The comprehensive certification process evaluated every aspect of operations and included both internal and external audits.

“Fulfilling the strict requirements of the ISO 9001 standard highlights our focus and commitment to deliver total customer satisfaction,” Dr. Brazil said.

Riverside provides science and engineering solutions and information and analysis tools for its clients’ environmental decision-making needs worldwide. We work with federal, state, and local government agencies, private sector clients, and international organizations to provide services in areas such as information technology, atmospheric science, water resources management and modeling, and geographic information systems. Since 1985, Riverside has performed more than 1,500 projects in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Riverside holds technical writing training

At Riverside, we conduct our work based on three tenets: ethical principles, transparency, and customer satisfaction. Because of this focus, our performance is characterized by integrity, dependability, openness, honesty, a genuine concern for our employees and clients, and dedication to constant improvement. One of the ways we “walk the talk” of consistently bettering our capabilities is through continuing education.

For example, we recently held multiple technical writing and editing training sessions for our staff. Conducted by Lisa Péré of Full Stop Editorial, our first session zeroed in on “Telling the Technical Story.” In this training, we honed our skills to turn technical content into clear, concise, and accessible writing for client reports and proposals. We followed up that session with “Reviewing and Editing Documentation,” a module that showed team members how to deal efficiently with revisions and how to conduct effective content reviews.

“Being able to write in a clear and professional manner that follows our established Riverside voice is vitally important to our business,” said Marti Bruening, Riverside’s marketing manager and lead proposal editor. “These excellent trainiphoto 1ngs from Lisa allowed all Riverside employees to get on the same page with our expectations and goals of all our written materials.”

These writing trainings are just one recent example of Riverside’s continuous pursuit of excellence.