Esri GIS Improves Adaptive Integrated
Water Resource Management
Historically, water has been measured by quantity and
quality. Due to current and predicted water stresses,
today’s water managers need to look holistically at the
water cycle and include adaptability and sustainability in
their resource management plans. Utilities are being asked
to shift from a narrow operational focus on water service
delivery and wastewater treatment to a watershed-scale
Esri® geographic information system (GIS) technology
offers a common platform for managing water resources on
a broad scale. Its ArcGIS® technology integrates all types
of enterprise water-related data into one dynamic system
that helps keep track of water resources in real time. It
enhances water municipal services and can be extended
to support infrastructure design and operations, land-use
planning, public education and participation, emergency
planning and response, pollution prevention, and habitat
and shoreline restoration.
Adaptive integrated water resource management (IWRM)
is an approach for sustaining vital ecosystems while
supporting the equitable economic and social welfare of
the local community. Using GIS, water resource managers
can coordinate the development and management of
water, land, and related resources. This helps them develop
better solutions for improving sustainability.
Use ArcGIS to perform watershed delineation
using a web map.
The Hydro resource center is an online community center that promotes hydro information
products created with ArcGIS for natural resources management.