Development of a Prototype Web-Based Decision Support System for Watershed Management
AbstractUsing distributed hydrological models to evaluate the effectiveness of reducing non-point source pollution by applying best management practices (BMPs) is an important support to decision making for watershed management. However, complex interfaces and time-consuming simulations of the models have largely hindered the applications of these models. We designed and developed a prototype web-based decision support system for watershed management (DSS-WMRJ), which is user friendly and supports quasi-real-time decision making. DSS-WMRJ is based on integrating an open-source Web-based Geographical Information Systems (Web GIS) tool (Geoserver), a modeling component (SWAT, Soil and Water Assessment Tool), a cloud computing platform (Hadoop) and other open source components and libraries. In addition, a private cloud is used in an innovative manner to parallelize model simulations, which are time consuming and computationally costly. Then, the prototype DSS-WMRJ was tested with a case study. Successful implementation and testing of the prototype DSS-WMRJ lay a good foundation to develop DSS-WMRJ into a fully-fledged tool for watershed management. DSS-WMRJ can be easily customized for use in other watersheds and is valuable for constructing other environmental decision support systems, because of its performance, flexibility, scalability and economy. View Full-Text
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Zhang, D.; Chen, X.; Yao, H. Development of a Prototype Web-Based Decision Support System for Watershed Management. Water 2015, 7, 780-793.
Zhang D, Chen X, Yao H. Development of a Prototype Web-Based Decision Support System for Watershed Management. Water. 2015; 7(2):780-793.Chicago/Turabian Style
Zhang, Dejian; Chen, Xingwei; Yao, Huaxia. 2015. "Development of a Prototype Web-Based Decision Support System for Watershed Management." Water 7, no. 2: 780-793.