WaterWare is an integrated, model-based information and
decision support system for water resources management.
WaterWare integrates results of the EUREKA project EU487
and related RTD projects;
The System is designed to support the implementation of the
Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)
or similar national legislation,
and has been developed through a series of applications to:
WaterWare is implemented in an open, object-oriented client-server architecture,
fully web-based, supporting the seamless integration of databases, GIS,
simulation and oiptimization models, and analytical tools into a common,
easy-to-use framework. This includes a multimedia user interface,
using a standard web browser as the only client software required.
The implementation integrates object data bases and GIS,
time series analysis, an embedded expert system for estimation,
classification and impact assessment tasks, and a hypermedia
help- and explain system.
Monitoring data acquisition, scheduled automatic forecast runs
and reporting, is driven by a real-time rule-based expert system.
A key feature is a non-linear multi-objective,
multi-criteria optimization model based on the dynamic water budget simulation
for water allocation and use, designed to find with maximum "net benefit"
for basin planning and management including monetary and non-market elements.
Auxiliary tools manage user requirements and stakeholder preference structures
for the participatory optimization.
Applications around the Mediterranean
in the EU sponsored projects SMART
and OPTIMA include river basins in
Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia
and Morocco. Other international applications include Mexico, Malaysia, and China
as well as the Nile Basin (for DSS training).
Latest developments include real-time simulation based operational
optimal control of river basins.
Related tools include 3D dynamic prognostic hydro-meteorological modeling,
land use dynamics and WELMM analysis, or a rule based expert system for water
resources development project EIA.