Click to enlarge. Amsterdam's "Digital Delta" will investigate how to integrate and analyze water data from a wide range of existing data sources. These include precipitation measurements, water level and water quality monitors, levee sensors, radar data, model predictions as well current and historic maintenance data from sluices, pumping stations, locks and dams.
Just yesterday I posted about Harvard's use of IBM supercomputing capacity to help conduct research on solar energy materials.
Today, IBM announced the launch of Digital Delta, a breakthrough innovation program that will harness insights from big-data to transform flood control and the management of the entire Dutch water system.
The program is in collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Ministry for Water), local Water Authority Delfland, Deltares Science Institute, and the University of Delft.
Digital Delta will investigate how to integrate and analyze water data from a wide range of existing data sources. These include precipitation measurements, water level and water quality monitors, levee sensors, radar data, model predictions, as well current and historic maintenance data from sluices, pumping stations, locks, and dams.
At Digital Delta's core is an intelligent, cloud-based system built on IBM's Intelligent Water software and Smarter Water Resource Management solution including consulting expertise.
With 55 percent of the Dutch population located in areas prone to large-scale flooding, the Netherlands has immense experience in preventing floods and managing water. Every water-related event is critical and can affect businesses, agriculture, and citizens' daily lives.
The ongoing cost of managing water, including anticipating flooding, droughts, and low water levels, adds up to €7 billion each year. These costs are expected to increase €1 to 2 billion by 2020, unless urgent action is taken.
The new management system will address concerns ranging from the quality of drinking water to the increasing frequency and impact of extreme weather-related events to the risk not only of floods but also droughts. By modeling weather events, the Netherlands will be able to determine the best course of action including storing water, diverting it from low-lying areas, avoiding saltwater intrusion into drinking water, sewage overflows, and water contamination.
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