Active Initiatives

Climate-Hydrologic Information Sharing Pilot Sponsors

 
What is it?  An inter-disciplinary, inter-agency and international virtual observatory system for water resources information from observations and forecasts in the U.S. and Canada, building on current networks and capabilities, designed to support these functions:

  • Hydrologic modeling for historical and current stream flow and groundwater conditions.  Requires the integration of trans-boundary stream flow and groundwater well data, as well as national river networks (US NHD and Canada NHN) from multiple agencies.  Emphasis on time series data and real-time flood monitoring.
  • Modeling and assessment of nutrient load into the lakes.  Requires accessing water-quality data from multiple agencies and integrating with stream flow information for calculating loads.  Emphasis on discrete sampled water quality observations, linking those to specific NHD stream reaches and catchments, and additional metadata for sampled data. 
  • Collection and preservation of provenance, uncertainty measures, and other metadata throughout processing workflows.

Key objectives of these use cases are:

  1. To link observations data to the stream network, enabling queries of conditions upstream from a given location to return all relevant gages and well locations. This is currently not practical with the data sources available.
  2. To bridge differences in semantics across information models and processes used by the various data producers, to improve the hydrologic and water quality modeling capabilities.

 
Why do it now?  Improved capabilities for sharing, accessing, and integrating hydrologic and climatic data have been identified as a critical need for some time.  We are at a point in time at which an opportunity exists to make large steps forward by leveraging existing resources – including data portals, standards, technologies, activities, and expertise – to develop an initial operational capability for the system described above.  
 
Expected Benefits

  • Leverage a large body of existing data holdings and related activities of multiple agencies in the US and Canada.
  • Influence data and metadata standards used internationally for web-based information sharing, through multiple agency cooperation and OGC standards setting process.
  • Reduction of procurement risk through partnership-based development of an initial operating capability verses ~10x the cost for building a fully operational system using a traditional “waterfall approach”.
  • Identification and clarification of what is possible, and of the key technical and non-technical barriers to continued progress in sharing and integrating hydrologic and climatic information.
  • Promote understanding and strengthen ties within the hydro-climatic community. This is anticipated to be the first phase of a multi-phase project, with future work on forecasting the hydrologic consequences of extreme weather events, and enabling more sophisticated water quality modeling.

 
Plan

  • Release Request for Quotation / Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP)
  • Proposals due
  • Project Kickoff Meeting, Washington DC area
  • Completion of development and engineering reports

 
 

Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment (ELFIE)

Summary

In recent years, environmental domain feature models have been established by a number of sub-domain groups. However, there is no best practice or standard methodology to encode documents containing links between and among domain features, such as a rivers, aquifers, or soils, and observational data about those features. A common approach to encoding such links is required to allow cross-domain and cross-system sharing and interoperability of such linked information.

European Location Framework

The goal of this project is to deliver the European Location Framework (ELF) required to provide up-to-date, authoritative, interoperable, cross-border, reference geo-information for use by the European public and private sectors.This versatile cloud-based and cascade-supporting architecture provides a platform of INSPIRE compliant geo-information, harmonised at a cross-border and pan-European level.

Future City Pilot, Phase 2

As cities rely more and more on 3D geo-information in their processes and apply BIM paradigms for their information management approach, it will important that information flows in both directions between the geospatial systems (GIS) and the constructions systems (BIM). This requires data to be interoperable which in turn is dependent on using common and ideally open standards and specifications.

GeoMobile and Internet of Things

Background

Access to the Internet will predominantly be from mobile devices including smart phones and machine-to-machine interactions.  Most information exchanged in mobile internet will include spatial components.  

In support of OGC members and society, this OGC Interoperability Program initiative aims to help develop the consensus standards infrastructure necessary to achieve the full societal, economic and scientific benefits of location information in mobile applications worldwide.

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