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Research to Advance the Development of River Information Services (RIS) Technologies

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2014,01 Dec 2016

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via donau Oesterreichische Wasserstrassen-Gesellschaft mbH Vienna Austria

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During the period of performance an intense study on the selection and prioritization of measures to advance the development of River Information Services RIS in the U.S. has been carried out which resulted in a comprehensive research report. That report starts with an analysis of the status quo of RIS implementation in Europe. Both the legal as well as the technical framework are been presented and analyzed. Special attention has been given to the approach of RIS-enabled Corridor Management which is currently in the preparation phase for implementation. The status-quo analysis is accompanied with a separate inventory of national RIS initiatives in European member states in the annex of the document. Next, the report presents an analysis of the framework for RIS in the U.S. with focus on the existing RIS capabilities and their relation to the international RIS Guidelines and standards. The status-quo analysis of RIS in the U.S. is completed by a summary of challenges related to development and operation of RIS on U.S. inland waterways. Further focus has been put on the main research question whether and to what extent the European approach of RIS-enabled Corridor Management would also be applicable for the U.S. inland waterways. One of the main chapters of the report describes possible implementation scenarios for RIS Corridor management in the U.S. Potential new services are identified and analyzed with respect to the necessary technical pre-requisites for implementation. For each service the status quo and an outlook for future actions are given. Finally the identified new services and RIS capabilities are being prioritized according to the expected impact, the effort for implementation and the number of other depending services. Aim of the report is to provide based on the status quo of RIS in Europe in the U.S. a catalogue of recommendations for future advancements together with a proposed prioritization.

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  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
  • Civil Engineering

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