Open water data takes a big step

The results of an exciting pilot project that shares climate and water data across international borders, called the Climate-Hydrologic Information Sharing Pilot, is set to be released to the public on April 16, 2013. The data sharing program was developed by the team that led highly successful Water and Environmental Hub project. Anyone is invited to register for this webinar, at which time the engineering reports of the project will also be released.

The Climate-Hydrologic Information Sharing Pilot is a virtual observatory system for water resources, and represents the first time that international governments and agencies have come together to share observations and forecasts in one accessible location. It allows people to view water information from the Souris and Milk Rivers, which run through the USA and Canada. The pilot also features observations from the Great Lakes.

The project is led by the Open Geospatial Consortium, and sponsored by Natural Resources Canada, the US Geological Survey, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The technology for the virtual observatory was developed by Explorus Data Solutions, the spinout from the Cybera-led Water and Environmental Hub project.