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WMO Congress XVI supports the GRDC

World Meteorological Congress XVI met in Geneva from 16 May to 03 June 2011 to set priorities for the next four years.

New tools to cope with Climate Change Impacts topped the Agenda and the WMO Congress endorsed an ambitious global initiative that will help all communities, and in particular the most vulnerable, cope with the impact of climate change, reduce the risk of natural disasters and safeguard food production, water supplies and health.

The Global Framework for Climate Services will boost the availability of climate information needed by policy-makers and people to plan ahead and to take decisions that are sustainable in a changing climate. It will be a global undertaking involving a wide array of stakeholders.

Congress decided that the Global Framework will be one of the top five priorities of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the next four years. The others are: enhanced contribution to disaster risk reduction; improved observation and information systems; and to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to share in scientific advances and their applications; and more efficient meteorological services for the aviation sector.

With improved data acquisition and data provision the GRDC would like to support these ambitious initiatives. The GRDC is delighted to note that WMO Congress is supporting the GRDC by endorsing the following:

  • Congress decided to keep Resolution 21 (Cg-XII) – Global Runoff Data Centre – in force.
  • Congress requests the Executive Council and Secretary General to take all the necessary actions to reaffirm Resolution 25 (Cg-XIII, 1999) – Exchange of Hydrological Data and Products – 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.
  • Congress expressed the continued need for facilitating access to hydrological observations for global studies, particularly in downscaling climate information for water management and recognized the important role played by GTN-H, through the Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC), International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) and the International Centre for the Hydrology of Lakes and Reservoirs (HYDROLARE) and the valuable contributions made by it in the generation of derived products and in support of climate change studies.
  • Congress noted that the cooperation with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) had increased during the last financial period, especially in the areas of water data transfer formats and Acoustic Doppler Current profilers and encouraged further cooperation in the future.
  • Congress reaffirmed the importance of continuing efforts to meet the needs of Members to preserve their historical data records and to maintain their basic hydrological networks
  • Congress noted that the following publications were issued during the fifteenth financial period: 6th edition of the Guide to Hydrological Practices, 2nd edition of the Manual on Stream Gauging, Manual on Low Flow Estimation and Prediction, and Manual on Estimation of Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMP). Congress also noted that the 3rd edition of the UNESCO/WMO International Glossary of Hydrology had been published.

(Excerpts from WMO Press Release No.920 and the plenary report of the WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme)

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