Integrated Science and Watershed Management System (ISWMS™)

Welcome to the Home Page for the “Integrated Science and Watershed Management System”
 
This site provides updates about our in-house ecosystem database, decision support and analytical software.

The original Integrated Science and Watershed Management System (ISWMS™) was developed by Greenland in 2003 as a windows-based Decision Support System (DSS) for stormwater management; hydrological (continuous rainfall and design storm events) modelling; and, Canadian climate flood forecasting capabilities. The ultimate DSS ‘vision’ included (depending upon the availability of certified open data and timely evolution of new platform source codes) other science-based analytical tools and integration with Internet and GIS(open source) technologies. The ultimate ISWMS™ development goal was to include multi-functional stormwater management; hydrologic; water quality; nutrient trading; hydraulic and contaminant transport; flood forecasting; climate change impact; instream biological health assessment; and, Best Management Practice (BMP) analysis capabilities for river and lake basin management programs and to provide accurate information for water supply, wastewater treatment and flood control infrastructure planning and design initiatives.    


In 2003, Greenland was retained to develop the initial version of ISWMS™ as a flood forecasting tool for the 3,360km² Nottawasaga River Basin, located north of Toronto (Canada). It was also used to prepare Subwatershed Management Plans in Southern Ontario. In 2005, Greenland began working on the next ISWMS™ phases, including an open source GIS operational platform that was integrated with a daily water balance, nutrient and sediment loading model (called CANWET™). In 2006, the ISWMS™ program added new technical support partners affiliated with Canadian and U.S. universities. These independent scientists would later assist Greenland as a “science advisory team” for future software phases. The current advisory team includes faculty and researchers associated with the University of Guelph and University of Waterloo (in Canada), U.S. teams affiliated with Penn State University and Stroud Research Centre, and Lund University (Sweden).


A.     Completed DSS Tools and Platforms (2003 - 2017) by Greenland International Consulting Ltd.

  • Flood Warning Data Management
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the original ISWMS™(v.1) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Flood Forecasting and Flood Damage Assessments
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the original ISWMS™ (v.1) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Hydrologic Analysis for Watershed Planning and Water Resources Design
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the original ISWMS™ (v.1) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Integrated Water Balance and Nutrient / Sediment / Pathogen / Bacteria Loadings
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.1 through 4) phases and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Groundwater (Shallow System) Modelling
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.1 through 4) phases and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Predictive Modelling of Urban and Rural BMP Effectiveness (Incl. Cost-Benefit Analysis)
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.1 through 4) phases and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Predictive Modelling of Urban Low Impact Development (LID) Technologies
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™ (v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • GIS (Open Source) Operational Platform
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™(v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Canadian Climate Change Impact Modelling
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™(v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Instream Assimilative Capacity Modelling (Incl. Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, Fecal Coliform, BOD and Other Parameters)
(NOTE: Completed as part-of the CANWET™(v.4) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Rainfall-Snowmelt and Canadian Climate Change Impact Tool
(NOTE: Completed in 2013 as part-of the latest ISWMS™ (v.2) development phase from 2016 - 2019)
 
  • Prototype Web-based Viewing and GIS (Open Source) Operational Platform for the Nottawasaga River Basin (Canada)
(NOTE: Completed for CANWET™ (v.5) phase and being updated further with other partners)
 
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform and Access to Canadian Watershed Climate / River System (Open) Databases
(NOTE: Initiated in 2016 to develop “THREATS™ (v.2)” - aka “The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System”).
 
  • Internet and GIS (Open Source) Updates to the Above ISWMS™(v.1) Capabilities and Ontario (Canada) Watershed Applications
(NOTE: Initiated in 2016 and includes international partners in Canada, U.S., Europe, India and Japan. The ISWMS™ (v.2)  platform
was initially developed for pilot basins in Ontario and includes integrated HEC-HMS, Geo-HECRAS and flood forecasting capabilities with
(open) climate station and national flow monitoring databases available from Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC)).
 
  • Integrated Flood Hazard Identifications and Flood Plain Mapping Platform for Use in Ontario (Canada) Using ISWMS™ (v.2)
(NOTE: Initiated in 2016 and includes international partners in Canada, U.S., Europe, India and Japan. The ISWMS™ (v.2)  platform
was initially developed for pilot basins in Ontario and includes integrated HEC-HMS, Geo-HECRAS and flood forecasting capabilities with
(open) climate station and national flow monitoring databases available from Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC)).
 
B.     Current and Proposed Tools / Platforms by Greenland International Consulting Ltd.
 
  • Further Development of ISWMS™(v.2) and Applications within Other Canadian Watersheds (On-going)
(NOTE: Initiated in 2017 and includes international partners in Canada, U.S., Europe, India and Japan. The ISWMS™ (v.2)  platform
was initially developed for pilot basins in Ontario and includes integrated HEC-HMS, Geo-HECRAS and flood forecasting capabilities with
(open) climate station and national flow monitoring databases available from Environment Canada and Climate Change (ECCC)).
 
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform Enhancements and Involving Canada’s Indigenous Peoples (On-going) (NOTE: Use of “THREATS™ (v.2)” with proprietary First Nations and Metis Nations ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge’ (TEK)).
 
  • Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform Enhancements and Involving Canadian Resource Sector Industries (On-going)
(NOTE: Use of “THREATS™ (v.2)” with proprietary company baseline and performance compliance monitoring database records).
 
  • Further Development of ISWMS™(v.2) and Applications for Watersheds in U.S., Europe, India and Japan (On-going)
 
  • Integrated Internet and Ecosystem Health Monitoring  / Cumulative Effects Assessment Platform (On-going)
(NOTE: Use of THREATS™(v.2) with air quality, terrestrial, fisheries and instream benthic databases with other partners).
 
  • “Big Data” Watershed Nutrient Trading and Offsetting Management Platform (Proposed in 2018/19)
(NOTE: Use of CANWET™(v.4) with other partners).
 
  • Lake Capacity Modelling Tool and Integration with CANWET™ (Proposed in 2019/20)
(NOTE: Output data from CANWET™(v.4) projects have been used with industry approved lake capacity modelling tools).
 
  • Low Impact Development (LID) Performance Tool Integration with ISWMS™ (Proposed in 2019/2020)

(NOTE: CANWET™(v.4) now has LID predictive modelling capabilities). 


Thank-you for your interest in the Integrated Science and Watershed Management System (aka ISWMS™).
 


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Town of The Blue Mountains

On behalf of the Town of The Blue Mountains, we would like to thank you and your organization for your specialized technical support in a peer review capacity over the past four years… Your team not only provided timely review of all drainage related features of development applications but introduced updated municipal design criteria addressing changing climatic conditions. By unraveling the weather factors that impact snow melt potential, your team has helped the Town better understand how to be proactive in developing sustainable infrastructure.

Your team’s support assisted in keeping Town’s development projects moving forward efficiently. In addition to this, the review and introduction of updated municipal design criteria and construction standards addressing changing climatic conditions, continues to ensure the Town of The Blue Mountains fulfills its mandate for sustainable development.

Reg Russwurm MBA, P. Eng.
Director of Engineering and Public Works
Town of The Blue Mountains

February 3, 2014
 

Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Check out this (Greenland) video of THREATS (an open-source cumulative effects assessment tool to help direct environmental management (industrial or other)) and/or planning of future projects. It enables the compiling and juxtaposition of public environmental data (including, but not limited to, wildlife use areas and environmental quality data) with on-site or "targeted" environmental data. For security, the provision to include data protected behind a firewall exists to enable analysis and comparison of potentially sensitive data in the context of other datasets. The goal here is to allow for predictive capability and in turn mitigate potential effects. Equally, this provides a capacity to enable retroactive assessment (investigation of cause) of observed changes. The ability to spatially interpret stressor/pathway/receptor data, and conduct analyses within the tool, while retaining data in its original database (secure) is what is truly unique here. Excited to see what can be achieved with this powerful platform in areas where it has already begun to be used!

Neal Tanna
Advisor, Monitoring and Risk Assessment
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

November 3, 2017
 

University of Guelph

The reappearance of excessive nutrient loading in Lake Erie and the subsequent algae blooms is an extremely complex issue and is quite different in nature than the previous phosphorous loadings in the 1970s. Unlike the issue in the 1970s, there are far more sources adding nutrients to the late and these sources are diverse in nature ranging from rural to urban. In order to understand the nutrient loading, both in the temporal and spatial domains, more complex analytic and predictive tools are required in order to help policy make sound, science based, and defendable solutions.

The University of Guelph is uniquely positioned to help address the issues around Lake Erie with long standing core strengths in both the agricultural sector and the environmental field. In conjunction with our partner, Greenland Consulting Engineers, and their watershed evaluation tool (CANWETTM), we believe that we have the engineering and technology to extrapolate CANWETTM from the watershed level up to the lake basin level and provide decision-making support for the entire Lake Erie basin.

Hussein Abdullah, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Director, School of Engineering
University of Guelph

January, 26 2015
 

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