Automated Data Monitoring for Disaster Prevention

by David C. Leader, Int Hydrological Services, Sacramento, CA, USA,
David C. Curtis, Int Hydrological Services, Sacramento, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computer Applications in Water Resources


A system is now available from International Hydrological Services for use on micro-computers that will provide real-time environmental monitoring, analysis, forecasting and control. This system can have applications in environmental data management, flood forecasts and warnings, reservoir operation, hydropower production, irrigation management, frost warning, water supply management and dam safety. An example of such a system will be installed on a micro-computer in Emerson, Iowa. This turn-key system will monitor rainfall and river levels using real-time event radio telemetry. The computer system will store all data for later display and analysis and it will also issue warnings and sound alarms if rainfall intensities or river levels exceed predetermined criteria levels.

Subject Headings: Data analysis | Hydrologic data | Automation and robotics | Disasters and hazards | Disaster warning systems | Forecasting | Floods | Hydrology | Iowa | United States

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