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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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!

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November 3, 2017
 

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ICCA believes the advanced technology and features of the SafeSump system can be instrumental to mitigating basement flood potential.  I have one of the first prototypes of the SafeSump system installed in my home. I have interacted directly with the start-up founder. I view him as entrepreneurial and passionate, and have met other members of his team with whom I was similarly impressed.  I am also familiar with Greenland Consulting Engineers, and congratulate SafeSump Inc. on their choice to create a joint “SafeSump” venture with Greenland.
 
ICCA looks forward to a supportive relationship with SafeSump Inc. upon the larger scale availability of their much-needed technology.

Dr. Blair Feltmate
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Faculty of Environment
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October 6, 2016
 

Credit Valley Conservation

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your work on the Brampton “Pond 10 Floating Islands Research Project”. This project was a “first of its kind” within our watershed.

Greenland was responsible for preparing the design brief for the islands that provided details on the anchoring system design, safety considerations and a strategy for establishing a vegetation community among other things. This was a challenging project given that there was no pre-established process to follow and therefore we were defining the design and implementation process from scratch.

Greenland was always very responsive when issues arose and helped us troubleshoot options to solve the issue. They refined the design brief and assisted CVC with implementing improved anchor designs that have been successful in keeping the islands stable over the past few years even though some extreme weather events.

We were very pleased with the consulting services Greenland provided for this project.

Phil James, P.Eng.
Manager, Watershed Protection and Restoration
Credit Valley Conservation

March 14, 2014
 

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