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TitleGroundwater data management
AuthorFitch, P; Brodaric, B; Booth, N L; Stenson, M
SourceIntegrated Groundwater Modeling; .
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20140108
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience, Groundwater Information Management & Dissemination
AbstractThe goal of a data manager is to ensure that data is safely stored, adequately de-scribed, discoverable and easily accessible. However, to keep pace with the evolu-tion of groundwater studies in the last decade, the associated data and data man-agement requirements have changed significantly. In particular, there is a growing recognition that management questions cannot be adequately answered by single discipline studies. This has led a push towards the paradigm of integrated model-ing (Refsgaard et al 2007), where diverse parts of the hydrological cycle are in-cluded. This chapter describes groundwater data management practices, and re-views the current state of the art with enterprise groundwater database management systems. It also includes discussion on commonly used data man-agement models, detailing typical data management lifecycles. We discuss the growing use of web services and open standards such as GWML and WaterML2.0 to exchange groundwater information and knowledge, and the need for national data networks. We also discuss cross-jurisdictional interoperability issues, based on our experience sharing groundwater data across the US/Canadian border. Lastly, we present some future trends relating to groundwater data management.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
A review of groundwater data management practices as influenced by new trends towards integrated studies.