hydroinformatics, data services, geospatial, open data, water resources


The National Weather Service (NWS) Office of Water Prediction (OWP) is building an extensible web services framework for discovery and access of select hydrologic and meteorologic data, metadata, and geospatial information. The services framework will be implemented using community data exchange and format standards to provide an interoperable platform that will support an ecosystem of application development both within OWP and by external partners in the public, private, and academic sectors. The initial implementation of the services framework will encompass three essential classes of dissemination for hydrologic data: gridded data services, time-series services, and geospatial services. Development priorities are based on the data services needed in evaluation, modeling, and dissemination supporting the interoperability goals of Integrated Water Resources Science and Services (IWRSS) consortium partners and the development of the National Water Model (NWM). The services framework will integrate currently fragmented water information into a connected hydroinformatic system for water data that leverages existing applications, infrastructure and capabilities for the support of national water resources objectives.