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TitleWater features and their parts
AuthorBrodaric, BORCID logo; Hahmann, T; Gruninger, M
SourceApplied Ontology vol. 14, issue 1, 2019 p. 1-42, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20180432
PublisherIOS Press
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf; html
Subjectshydrogeology; hydrography; surface waters; groundwater; aquifers; meteorology; modelling; taxonomy; Geographic data
Illustrationsschematic representations; flow diagrams; tables
ProgramGroundwater Geoscience Groundwater Information Management & Dissemination
Released2019 02 22
AbstractWater features such as rivers, clouds, and aquifers are primarily understood from sensor measurements. Ontologies for the hydro domain play a key role in describing sensor measurements, particularly to aid water data interoperability, but water features are under-represented in such ontologies. In this paper we build upon existing work in hydro ontologies to enhance the characterization and representation of water features. An enhanced theory of physical object parthood is developed that enables water features to be characterized as wholes with various essential parts, building on Fine's theory of parts and Hayes' ontology of liquids. The results are represented as a formal extension of the DOLCE ontology, and advance the HyFO reference ontology for the hydro domain.

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