Water professionals facing 'enormous pressure'
Water professionals are struggling to manage emerging technologies to process massive volumes of real-time data, and to meet the mounting expectations of stakeholders, according to a report.
Published by water data management and analysis software firm, Aquatic Informatics, the report looks at how the growing global population is placing unprecedented burden on water resources.
It also looks at how Increasing climate uncertainty is creating the need for new information, particularly in response to increased economic and human life losses resulting from floods.
"Water regulations are growing in complexity. Today, water professionals are facing enormous pressure to deliver more high quality, real-time hydrological information, needed to better manage precious water resources in a complex environment," the company said.
The report illustrates how the water monitoring industry is responding to this pressure.
Results showed that water resource managers forecast the size of the their monitoring networks to grow by 53% more monitoring stations over the next 10 years.
CEO of Aquatic Informatics Ed Quilty said:"High quality hydrological information is becoming more readily available to make important and timely decisions about the world's precious water resources."
Over 700 water professionals from 90 countries participated in the study in the autumn of 2012.