Published in AgroLife Scientific Journal, Volume 3, Number 1
Written by Michele BELLEZZA, Luca CASAGRANDE, Arnaldo PIERLEONI, Stefano CASADEI
Many problems of water resource management are strongly related to their spatial distribution and due to a use that is usually uncontrolled, such as water withdrawals. For these reasons, web procedures have been developed in order to manage spatial data of interest and to analyse information on water resources, so that this tool can be widely used and shared freely and easily by all stakeholders. A prototype of this instrument is the web tool "Water Resources Management and Evaluation" (WRME). The main features of this project can be summarized as follows: - is easy to use, both for the database like and the map-based consultation; - uses synthetic indicators simplifying the hydrological and hydraulic information; - integrates tools for the update and the exchange of data between different databases of different stakeholders; - integrates the possibility to implement and update, in a distributed manner over the basin and the drainage network, all constraints arising from the different legislations and management plans; - provides synthetic information on the sustainability of scenarios; - provides synthetic information on the sustainability of new water withdrawals; - software is open source, therefore economic resources can be invested on training and development. The methodology of this project can also be applied in other areas of sustainable management of environmental resources.