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Our tools to standardise, manage and access water data have improved the utility of water resources information in Australia.
High quality and timely water information is critical for delivery of operational products, data and services. However, when water data is collected in different places and on different systems it may not be in a consistent and comparable format. It may have to be converted so it can be used or, in some cases, it may not be able to be used at all. Data standards and tools are the key to getting the most information out of our water data.
We developed a range of water information systems, standards and tools to:
WIRADA researchers led international collaborations to develop three open standards:
We developed the Australian hydrological geospatial fabric (Geofabric), a highly specialised geographic information system that registers the geographic and topological relationships between important features of Australia’s hydrological system, such as rivers, reservoirs, lakes, aquifers, drains and monitoring points. It also stores the boundaries of drainage divisions, catchments, aquifers and priority aquatic ecosystems.
The Geofabric is able to represent the various hydrologic features in different ways and at different scales, yet relate all of these products via a set of persistent reference points. This provides a robust spatial framework for water information related activities.
Using the standards developed in WIRADA, the Bureau is now able to collate information from the more than 200 organisations. This has enabled many water information products within the Bureau. One of the most recent is Water Data Online , which provides access to all the major surface water data in Australia. All the data within this system has been delivered using the formats developed by WIRADA.
The Geofabric products provide a spatial backbone for hydrological information systems. The Bureau publishes this data for all of Australia at http://geofabric.bom.gov.au .
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Last updated: Last updated: 14 April 2016
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