AQUAGRID: an extensible platform for collaborative problem solving in groundwater protection

Giuditta Lecca, Cristian Lai, Fabrizio Murgia, Riccardo Biddau, Luca Fanfani, Paolo Maggi
Earth Science Informatics, Volume 2, Number 1-2, page 83--95 - 2009
AQUAGRID is the subsurface hydrology computational service of the Sardinian GRIDA3 infrastructure, designed to deliver complex environmental applications via a user-friendly Web portal. The service aims to provide to water professionals integrated modeling tools to solve water resources management problems and aid decision making for contaminated soil and groundwater. In this paper, the AQUAGRID application concept and enabling technologies are illustrated. At the heart of the service are the computational models to simulate complex and large groundwater flow and contaminant transport problems and geochemical speciation. AQUAGRID is built on top of compute-Grid technologies by means of the EnginFrame Grid framework. Distributed data management is provided by the Storage Resource Broker data-Grid middleware. The resulting environment allows end-users to perform groundwater simulations and to visualize and interact with their results, using graphs, 3D images and annotated maps. The problem solving capability of the platform is demonstrated using the results of two case studies deployed.

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  author       = {Lecca, G. and Lai, C. and Murgia, F. and Biddau, R. and Fanfani, L. and Maggi, P.},
  title        = {AQUAGRID: an extensible platform for collaborative problem solving in groundwater protection},
  journal      = {Earth Science Informatics},
  number       = {1-2},
  volume       = {2},
  pages        = {83--95},
  year         = {2009},
  note         = {idxproject: GRIDA3 ( -- Work presented at the EGU2008},
  keywords     = {Data grid, High-end computational clusters, Hydrogeochemical modeling, Problem solving platform},
  url          = {},

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