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Description

The Watershed Information Integration Portal (WIIP) project will work closely with the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Strategy Implementation Project to:

1. Gather diverse water and other pertinent data into a collaboratively designed and operated portal for integrated regional watershed management, decision-making and ecological stewardship.

2. Lower the costs of finding, integrating, and using water data and related information from multiple sources by weaving together in a coherent fashion hydrological data sets, data mining tools, and web-based data mapping/visualization systems.

3. Create user-defined, purpose-driven, solutions-oriented narratives to facilitate access to and use of data. Narratives of this sort provide actionable analytical perspectives concerning, for example,  the water-energy-climate nexus, waterways and watershed health, hydromodification and flooding. 

4. Improve the scientific basis of integrated regional watershed management and ecological stewardship  by strengthening the role standards-based data plays in policy, planning and decision-making.

An integrated standards-based system for managing, sharing and analyzing hydrologic data will help San Diego transition to cutting edge, internationally-accepted methods for (a) sharing water data, (b) integrating locally-managed data with measurements in USGS, EPA and global data warehouses, and (c) ensuring software and data compatibility with key vendors of software for managing spatial and hydrologic data (e.g. KISTERS, ESRI, Aquatic Informatics).  The Watershed Information Integration Portal (WIIP) will thus strengthen capacity for watershed management and ecological restoration in a challenging binational context.  This can ultimately lead to better information for modeling water availability and water use dynamics, spatial planning, and analysis of public health and agricultural consequences of water-related decisions.

WIIP's servers and core staff will be based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center's Spatial Information Systems Lab on the UCSD campus. The SDSC team has played a key role in the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc., an organization representing more than 130 U.S. universities. SDSC has developed a catalog of U.S. water observations collected at 2.79 mil locations and organized into 34 million time series, and nation-wide infrastructure for publishing and sharing water data. As part of this work, the SDSC group developed standard protocols for exchanging water data (WaterML 1 has been adopted by USGS and others), and co-lead WMO/OGC water data standardization effort, which resulted in the adoption of the first ever international standard for water data, WaterML 2.0, in the Fall'2012. This experience will be leveraged in developing WIIP and help grow government-community-university partnerships essential to developing long-term water supply reliability and improving water quality in the border region.