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WMO Congress XVII supports the GRDC

World Meteorological Congress XVII met in Geneva from 25 May to 12 June 2015 to set priorities for the next four years.

The recent WMO Congress adopted a new strategic plan with its related budget and appointed Petteri Taalas, Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, as the next Secretary-General for a four-year mandate starting 1 January 2016.

Priority Areas for the 2016-2019 include amongst others:

Disaster Risk Reduction: Improve the accuracy and effectiveness of high quality impact-based forecasts and multi-hazard early warnings of extreme weather, climate, water and environmental events from the tropics to the poles.

Global Framework for Climate Services: Improve provision and use of climate services like seasonal to sub-seasonal predictions, especially for priority areas of food security, water management, health and disaster risk reduction.

WMO Integrated Global Observing System: strengthen the global observing and information systems for robust, standardized, integrated, accurate and quality assured relevant observations of the Earth System.

Polar and High Mountain regions: Improve operational meteorological and hydrological monitoring, prediction and services in polar and high mountain regions, where the scale of environmental change has significant implications on weather and climate patterns worldwide.

With improved data acquisition and data provision and continued support to standardization issues and WIGOS 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 recognized the continued support of the government of Germany to the GRDC over the past 27 years and the preparedness of the Global Water Data Center to provide additional services, especially in support of the development of WHOS, the GFCS and supply of hydrological information in support of SDG monitoring.
  • Congress called on Members to continue to improve the provision of streamflow data to the GRDC.
  • Congress also recognized the active role of the GRDC in the development of data sharing standards and practices.
  • 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;
  • 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 requested CHy to monitor progress in the area of data operations and management and report to the Executive Council with regard to the evolving role of the GRDC and other related data centres, such as IGRAC and HYDROLARE, and their relationship with WMO, inter alia, with respect to the monitoring and measurement of the achievement of the SDGs and their contributions to other CHy initiatives.
  • Congress noted the progress that had been made with respect to the application of WaterML 2.0.
  • Congress noted that the WMO and UNESCO issued the third edition of the International Glossary of Hydrology in 2013.

(Excerpts from WMO Press Release No. 9 and the plenary report of the WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme)

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