Information Management in Water Resources: Database and GIS Integration

by Paul A. Weghorst, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
Ali Diba, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
Darrell Dyke, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,
D. Burnell Cavender, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


Historically the management and analysis of large quantities of water resources related information has been time consuming and expensive. Until recently, the use of sophisticated geographic information systems and relational database management systems has been limited to major water resource management organizations that could afford required hardware and software. However, recent advances in the computer industry are making high powered computers available at significantly lower costs. As a result, smaller water resource management agencies across the country are investing in the ability to manage and analyze water resource related information. In some instances these agencies are integrating complex geographic information systems with relational database management systems. This paper presents a summary of knowledge relative to an integrated system that has been developed through the joint efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation, the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, and Diba Consulting Software Engineers.

Subject Headings: Information management | Water resources | Geographic information systems | Information systems | Resource management | Water management | Systems management | Databases

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