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OGC forms international water information standards working group

Posted on 04.05.2011 - 05:07 UTC in SURVEY NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

OGC forms international water information standards working groupThe Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the formation of an OGC WaterML 2.0 Standards Working Group (SWG).


WaterML 2.0 is a candidate OGC encoding standard for the representation of in-situ hydrological observations data. WaterML 2.0 is implemented as an application schema of the Geography Markup Language (GML) version 3.2.1 and makes use of the OGC Observations and Measurements (O&M) standard and the O&M eXtensible Markup Language (OMXML) GML Application Schema. OGC WaterML 2.0 will support encoding of hydrological and hydrogeological observation data in a variety of exchange scenarios.

Example areas of usage are: exchange of data for operational monitoring and forecasting programs; supporting operation of infrastructure (e.g. dams, supply systems); exchange of observational and forecast data for surface water and groundwater; release of data for public dissemination; enhancing disaster management through data exchange; and exchange in support of national reporting. WaterML 2.0 was developed by a group of hydrology and water professionals. It harmonizes concepts from a number of existing standards in use.

OGC WaterML 2.0 Standards Working Group Charter Members include:

  • 52°North
  • Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency
  • Deltares (Netherlands)
  • Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada
  • German Federal Institute of Hydrology
  • KISTERS AG (Germany)
  • University of California, San Diego, San Diego Supercomputer Center, working with the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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