Latin American Data Drought: An Assessment of Available River Observation Data in Select Latin American Countries and Development of a Web-Based Application for a Hydrometerological Database System in Spanish
The demand and collection of hydrometeorological data is growing to support hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, and other studies. These data can amount to extensive information that requires sound data management to enable efficient storage, access, and use. While much of the globe is using technology to efficiently collect and store hydrometeorological data, other parts, such as developing countries, are unable to do so. This thesis presents an assessment of available river observations data in Latin American countries in Central America and the Caribbean. The assessment analyzes 1) access to available data, 2) spatial density of data, and 3) the temporal extents of data. This assessment determines that there are sections of the study area that constitute a drought of data or have limited data available.Furthermore, the development of an internationalized HydroServer Lite, a lite-weight web-based application for database and data management, is undertaken. A pilot program of the translated system in Spanish is established with an agency in each of the following countries: Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The internationalized version of HydroServer Lite promises to be a useful tool for these groups. While full implementation is currently underway, benefits include improved database management, access to data, and connectivity to global groups seeking to aid developing countries with hydrometeorological data.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Civil and Environmental Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bolster, Stephen Joseph, "Latin American Data Drought: An Assessment of Available River Observation Data in Select Latin American Countries and Development of a Web-Based Application for a Hydrometerological Database System in Spanish" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 5309.
CUAHSI, data availability, GEOSS, hydrologic data, HydroServer Lite, Latin America