Author(s): Juan Peralta Malvar, Maria Jose Hernandez Torrejon, Manuel Moron Humaran
Keywords: Automated Hydrological Information System; Water Resources Planning; Flood Warning; Drought Monitoring; Hydrological Database;
Abstract: This paper describes Eptisa´s contribution to Water Information Systems development aims to facilitate access to regional surface and ground water information and insights to water resource managers and relevant stakeholders. This is done by establishing baseline & reference conditions of water quantity/quality and determining long-term trends, by using analytical tools to improve handling routines in the management of water resources, and enabling measuring response to remedial measures and regulatory decisions, by detecting emerging issues and threats, as well as enhancing institutional capacities. Also describes the basic principles of a Water Information System (WIS), the conceptual elements and data management tools. The article also refers to the different objectives of aWIS, and in particular to optimize water resources management. Upgrading information systems needs to be focused on data management that will facilitate answering key policy questions, assist water users in making significant decisions more effectively, and allow businesses and government to better address risks from water-related events.