Wednesday June 13, 2012
What is it?
The U.S. Army Geospatial Center's (AGC's) Water Resources program is the Army's authoritative data source for Water Resources information and the DOD's primary agent for military water resource analysis and water detection. Support is provided by the AGC's Water Resources Database (WRDB), which focuses on existing water facilities, surface water and ground water resources, providing information on quality, quantity and availability of them in areas of interest.
What has the Army done?
More than two million features have been entered into the WRDB-thousands of which were captured at a one-meter resolution scale. Coverage is global, however country or regional water studies, which are focused on arid and semi-arid regions of Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. European Command (EUCOM)and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), are available for nearly 45 countries.
Water resource information is extracted from numerous DOD and commercial sources and integrated into the database weekly. Sources of global precipitation, water chemical analyses, water statistics and discharge data for most countries are available as are links to GeoPDF geologic and hydrogeologic maps. Data is posted to the Hydrologic Data Repository for Operations-the AGC's water resource web mapping page. Key components of the WRDB program include Water Areal Appraisals (PDF link), Province Water Studies, Urban Water Graphics, a Water Consumption calculator and support for water resource requests.
Information is stored and disseminated through an enterprise geodatabase over the Common Access Card (CAC) enabled Public-Key Interface (PKI), Secret Internet Protocol Router (SIPR) and Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) networks. Coverage is global in extent but focused on arid and semi-arid regions of CENTCOM, EUCOM and AFRICOM.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The AGC recently released its first version of the Hydrologic Data Resources Application (HyDRA)-a smart phone application created to provide the water community with a means of water resources data collection, visualization and dissemination in an enterprise environment. HyDRA allows users to view, collect and edit unclassified water resources features via Android 2.2 OS smart devices using Google MapsTM and Google EarthTM applications. Wells, water tanks, water storage points, dams, treatment plants and other features may be added, queried and edited in "connected" and "disconnected" modes.
Why is this important to the Army?
The ability to effectively support the Soldier's water resource requirements are critical to the success of any mission. The WRDB provides commanders with the on-time, on-demand water resource information necessary to ensure mission success.
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