Integration Of Remote Data Into Water Resources Simulation Software: Now Or Never?
Many types of software are used in the management, design, and planning of water resources systems, requiring access to a broad range of data sources. These data are becoming increasingly available from remote sources such as the world-wide web, with access times and levels of reliability that are becoming viable for modelling purposes. The opportunity exists, therefore, to incorporate direct linking and downloading of these data into water resources software development, thereby enabling access to the most recent data for each simulation run. The appropriateness of this approach is determined not only by the reliability and integrity of the data source, but also the way the data are integrated into the software, the sensitivity of the modelling output to the additional data, and the rate of change of the data and the phenomena being measured. Developers and users should examine these issues when deciding where or when to adopt remote data sourcing techniques.
Key wordsRemote Data Sources Water Resource Management
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