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TitleCHISP-1 pilot project introduces open architecture for watershed observatories
AuthorBrodaric, B; Dabolt, T; Booth, N; Vretanos, P
SourceCanadian Water Resources Association, Water News vol. 33, no. 1, 2013 p. 6-12
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20140114
PublisherCanadian Water Resources Association
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
ProgramGroundwater Information Management & Dissemination, Groundwater Geoscience
AbstractThe US and Canada share responsibility for managing cross-border water resources. Two major water resource management concerns for shared water bodies, including the Great Lakes, are flooding and nutrient loads. Ideally, addressing the flooding concern would involve the real-time integration of trans-boundary stream flow data and national river networks from several agencies, on both sides of the border, to enable alerting and tracking of flood events. Likewise, addressing the nutrient loading concern would ideally involve on-demand input of water-quality data and stream flow information from multiple agencies into a load calculation model, to enable up to date or historical assessment of loadings. In both scenarios a secondary concern might be the various impacts on groundwater conditions. However, to date these ideal approaches have not been achievable, because the required data could not be integrated rapidly online in common formats. Stakeholder workflows then suffer from delays and barriers imposed by different and incompatible software systems, data stores, data models, sensor interfaces, etc. To overcome these obstacles, the CHISP-1 project implements open geospatial standards to enable key cross-border data to be dynamically integrated in an online system¿a virtual observatory¿for flood alerting and nutrient load calculation.
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Describes a technology experiment in which international geospatial standards are used to enable flood monitoring and nutrient load calculation across the US-Canada border.