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Soil Water Content: the moving ‘waves’ in this area represent the amount of water stored in the top ~20 inches of soil.

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Streamflow: The particles flowing from left to right in the middle of the painting represent stream flow.

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Evaporation: The hazy white mist rising from stream, soil and other surfaces is evaporation.

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Transpiration: The hazy mist (greenish) rising from the surface of the vegetation represent transpiration.

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Precipitation: The particles seen occasionally moving from top to bottom of screen represent precipitation (as rain and snow).

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Snowpack: In the winter, the snowpack can be seen growing and shrinking in proportion to actual snow depth.

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Set to play visualization from a date in the past, for a specific hydrologic event, or to reset to current date.

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Stream Discharge: The volume of water passing a particular point in the stream in one second, measured in cubic feet per second, displayed as the red number

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Toggle on to hear the sound of the Hubbard Brook.

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The background image of WaterViz is an original painting by artist Xavier Cortada, with sections for each component of the water cycle. Each section is animated by moving particles. The number of particles and the speed with which they move are directly proportional to the data generated by environmental sensors in the Hubbard Brook.

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Music Now, click to play.

Music Now sonifies the most recent hour of water and weather data at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH.

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