A Water Quality Database Management System,
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CE Environmental and Water Quality Operational Studies EWQOS research program established a number of objectives to be met by the Reservoir Field Studies RFS team. In order to provide the information necessary to meet these objectives, numerous and diverse limnological data were collected at four representative CE reservoirs. The magnitude of such a program made the management of information a critical phase in research design. The establishment and successful operation of a database management system DBMS was essential for achieving research objectives. Although the RFS DBMS application is not a database management system in the purest sense, it still prescribes to conceptual characteristics of database management systems and involves the management of a large water quality database. This paper will present basic concepts for database management systems, overview the Statistical Analysis System SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, and describe the RFS DBMS.