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Technology development in water resource management

In developed nations, technological advancements rapidly are changing every aspect of our lives: how we work, how we communicate with each other, and even how we are entertained. The influence of technology is readily apparent. The subtleties of technology and its less apparent influences also are tremendous. Advances in computer technology, communications, and manufacturing are affecting all sectors, including engineering. In the arena of water resources, technological advances have helped to not only develop a better understanding of our physical systems but have allowed improved operational
and institutional tools to be developed to support water management. These advances have the potential to provide large and meaningful benefits to less developed infrastructures.
The objective of this paper will be to describe several technological advances in water resources, specifically in areas such as Flood Warning, Water Administration, and Multi-Objective Water Management. Examples of
technologies implemented which have direct applicability to developing infrastructures are described. Important to the discussion of these advances are the ways in which implementation and use of these technologies can protect
and save lives, extend and optimally use limited resources, and provide useful information to assist in the sustainable growth and development of our natural resources.


Epstein, D. J., Brazil, L., & Day, G. (1999). Technology development in water resource management. Water Resources Update, 115(1), 57-69.