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Activities of the WMO Commission for Hydrology relevant for the GRDC

As one of the eight technical commissions of WMO, the Commission for Hydrology, CHy, shapes the water related activities of the WMO. This includes advice on the standardisation of various aspects of hydrologic observations, as well as on the sharing and exchanging of hydrologic data using modern information and communication technology. At its 14th session in November 2012, the CHy established a new Thematic Area on “Data Operations and Management”  to their Programme of Work.

The activities and results of the work, particularly of the “Data Operations and Management” theme, give the principal direction to operating the GRDC in respect to the sharing and exchange of hydrological information, data and data products.

WMO Commission for Hydrology, CHy-15 session: results relevant to the activities of the GRDC

The 15th Session of the Commission for Hydrology (CHy) was held from 06 - 14 November 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. Representatives from 51 WMO member countries attended. The offered an excellent opportunity to discuss river discharge data provision from the various National Hydrological Services (NHSs) to the GRDC. Existing contacts could be reaffirmed and new contacts could be established. A strong commitment from the NHSs to provide data to the GRDC was observed and the GRDC is now trying to follow up on all the leads.

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WMO Secretary General thanks Germany for the constant support

The WMO Secretary General thanks Germany for the constant support for WMO's water-related programs.

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WMO Congress XVII supports the GRDC

At its 2015 gathering, WMO Congress recognized the continued support of the government of Germany to the GRDC over the past 27 years and called on Members to continue to improve the provision of streamflow data to the GRDC. Congress reaffirms Resolution 25 (Cg-XIII) as an essential cornerstone in the efforts to seamlessly address weather, climate and water issues from scientific research to policy development and operational implementation and Congress urges Member States to comply with Resolution 25 (Cg-XIII, 1999) and thus to jointly address the challenges societies face with regard to climate change and the consequences of global changes.

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WMO CHy Advisory Working Group session: results relevant to the activities of the GRDC

The second session of the Commission for Hydrology Advisory Working Group for the fourteenth intersessional period was held in Prague, Czech Republic from 15 to 19 September 2014. Mr Harry Lins (USA), President of the Commission for Hydrology (CHy), opened the meeting on Monday, September 15 at 09:00 hours by welcoming the participants from the CHy Advisory Working Group (AWG) and observers from the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) to Prague. He expressed his appreciation to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI) and through them the Czech Republic for hosting the session. He reminded the AWG members that we were now midway through the intersessional period and, while there had been many significant advances in the work programme, much still need to be achieved.

(Source: Final report of the 2nd session of the Commision for Hydrology Advisory Working Group, Prague, Czech Republic, 15 to 19 September 2014. )

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WMO Task Team on the WIGOS MetaData (TT-WMD)

Representatives from the WMO Technical Commissions discussed the needs and requirements of observational metadata that allows the essential information to be exchanged unambiguously. The Head of the GRDC attended the meeting on behalf of the CHy Advisory Working Group.

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GCOS/GTOS/WCRP Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate, TOPC-15 session

GTOS and the GCOS jointly operate the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate, TOPC. The TOPC focuses on the identification of terrestrial observation requirements, assisting the establishment of observing networks for climate, providing guidance on observation standards and norms, facilitating access to climate data and information and its assimilation, and promoting climate studies and assessments. The 15th session of the TOPC was held 6 - 7 March 2013 at WMO in Geneva.

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WMO Commission for Hydrology, CHy-14 session: results relevant to the activities of the GRDC

The 14th Session of the Commission for Hydrology (CHy) was held from 06 - 14 November 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. Representatives from 51 WMO member countries attended. The offered an excellent opportunity to discuss river discharge data provision from the various National Hydrological Services (NHSs) to the GRDC. Existing contacts could be reaffirmed and new contacts could be established. A strong commitment from the NHSs to provide data to the GRDC was observed and the GRDC is now trying to follow up on all the leads.

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WMO Congress XVI supports the GRDC

At its 2011 gathering, WMO Congress decided to keep Resolution 21 (Cg-XII) in force. Congress requests the Executive Council and Secretary General to take all the necessary actions to reaffirm Resolution 25 (Cg-XIII, 1999) as an essential cornerstone in the efforts to seamlessly address climate and water issues from scientific research to policy development and operational implementation. Congress urges Member States to comply with Resolution 25 (Cg-XIII, 1999) and thus to jointly address the challenges societies face with regard to climate change and the consequences of global changes.

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