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User guide to Exploration and Graphics for RivEr Trends (EGRET) and dataRetrieval: R packages for hydrologic data

Techniques and Methods 4-A10

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https://doi.org/10.3133/tm4A10

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Abstract

Evaluating long-term changes in river conditions (water quality and discharge) is an important use of hydrologic data. To carry out such evaluations, the hydrologist needs tools to facilitate several key steps in the process: acquiring the data records from a variety of sources, structuring it in ways that facilitate the analysis, processing the data with routines that extract information about changes that may be happening, and displaying findings with graphical techniques. A pair of tightly linked R packages, called dataRetrieval and EGRET (Exploration and Graphics for RivEr Trends), have been developed for carrying out each of these steps in an integrated manner. They are designed to easily accept data from three sources: U.S. Geological Survey hydrologic data, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STORET data, and user-supplied flat files. The dataRetrieval package not only serves as a “front end” to the EGRET package, it can also be used to easily download many types of hydrologic data and organize it in ways that facilitate many other hydrologic applications. The EGRET package has components oriented towards the description of long-term changes in streamflow statistics (high flow, average flow, and low flow) as well as changes in water quality. For the water-quality analysis, it uses Weighted Regressions on Time, Discharge and Season (WRTDS) to describe long-term trends in both concentration and flux. EGRET also creates a wide range of graphical presentations of the water-quality data and of the WRTDS results. This report serves as a user guide to these two R packages, providing detailed guidance on installation and use of the software, documentation of the analysis methods used, as well as guidance on some of the kinds of questions and approaches that the software can facilitate.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
User guide to Exploration and Graphics for RivEr Trends (EGRET) and dataRetrieval: R packages for hydrologic data
Series title:
Techniques and Methods
Series number:
4-A10
DOI:
10.3133/tm4A10
Edition:
Version 1.0: Originally posted October 8, 2014; Version 2.0: February 5, 2015
Year Published:
2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
National Research Program - Eastern Branch
Description:
Report: vii, 93 p.; 2 Appendixes
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
Section A: Statistical analysis in Book 4 Hydrologic Analysis and Interpretation
Public Comments:
This report is Chapter 10 of Section A: Statistical analysis in Book 4 Hydrologic Analysis and Interpretation.
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Y
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