DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s11.v3002


Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 3, 353 - 360 pp


Cloud computing is one of the most promising solutions for present and future water
related problems. Planning and management of both urban water systems and basinscale
water resources systems are increasingly becoming multidisciplinary collaborative
tasks that will rely on development of internet based systems based on web services that
combine water related data, weather forecasts, climate variations, urbanization,
population and economic growth, etc. These heterogeneous data sources (frequently
provided by different institutions) may be integrated ‘on demand’ for water
management tasks via cloud computing applications as the one demonstrated here.
Cloud computing advantages over previous technologies are in the scalable computation
power, internet based collaboration platform, transparency in the decision making
processes and dissemination of valuable information between stakeholders and general
The architecture of prototype cloud application for water resources modeling is based
on the latest advancement in computer science and technology: Cloud Computing,
Service Oriented Architecture and web Geographic Information Systems. The prototype
cloud application integrate three web services: (1) web service for managing of
geospatial data (2) web service for support of water resources modeling. The
components and software packages used in the development of the system are open
source. The overall architecture and system components are flexible for adding new or
upgrading existing web services. The system is scalable, interoperable and can work in
distributed computer environment.

Keywords: Cloud, GIS, hydro information system, water resource modeling

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