History of Geographic Information Systems, with Applications in Water Resources Planning and Management

by Richard M. Males, 1RMM Technical Services, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


Elements of computerized spatial analysis have been used in water resources since the mid '60s, and sophisticated and complex systems incorporating geographic information systems (GIS) and modeling technology were developed, tested, and applied to a wide variety of projects starting in the early '70s. The findings of the early developers, that GIS technology must support complex engineering modeling, and that it must provide representations of terrain and network information, as well as 2-dimensional information (soils, land cover, etc.), for it to be of use in water resources applications, are still valid today.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Geographic information systems | Information systems | Water management | Information management | Resource management | Spatial analysis | History

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