Beginnings of the Interface/
CURA H2O is a long-term Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Its vision is to increase community capacity for integrated water monitoring and management in Canada and abroad. In the digital era, that capacity means harnessing the power of digitization and mapping to achieve a strong basis for collaboration. Likewise, a compelling platform that is both easily accessible and easy to use was of paramount importance for target groups to actually use the end-product.
Innovate, implement, inspire/
What was the end-product? The Water Quality App: a truly modern solution to the multifaceted logistical challenges posed by the question of how to integrate data into governmental watershed management and project guidance through academic research. Tesera’s team designed the app from top to bottom, developing a web/mobile application that provides a remarkably simple platform for integrating watershed data collected by communities into management decisions and improved environmental outcomes.
The CURA H2O tool has been adopted by watershed partners across Canada’s Atlantic provinces, as well as communities in Nepal, Nigeria and Gambia.