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12th Meeting of the GRDC Steering Committee, 18-19 June 2015.

The 12th meeting of the GRDC Steering Committee has taken place from 18-19 June 2015 in Koblenz, Germany.

Participants of the meeting, 19 June 2015. Participants of the meeting, 19 June 2015.Participants of the meeting, 19 June 2015.

First of all I would like to thank you for your attendance and your inputs and suggestions provided. This made the meeting fruitful and successful.

Since the previous Steering Committee Meeting data have been received from 20 countries and more than 3300 stations in the GRDC database could be updated. The overall number of stations in the GRDB has increased by 351 to 9213.

The number of data requests for river discharge data have increased by 10% compared to 2013 and the requests for GIS layers have remained stable. Overall data and information requests have increased from 370 to more than 400.

The activities within the OGC/WMO Hydrology Domain Working Group have been presented and discussed and the GRDC has been tasked to continue with these activities and feedback the information to the WMO Information System and the WMO Commission for Hydrology (CHy).

The involvement of the BfG and GRDC in the EU-GEOWOW project has supported and enhanced activities on standardisation of hydrological data exchange that have been started in the Hydrology Domain Working Group. As a result the GRDC has registered a dataset of approximately 300 stations in the GEOSS Common Infrastructure which are freely available via web services, after negotiations with the respective data providers.

Negotiations with the UNESCO EURO-FRIEND-Water community resulted in the decision that the European Water Archive (EWA), a specialised database for the EURO-FRIEND-Water community, can now be integrated into the GRDC database. Data from the EWA will now be provided according to the GRDC data policy. Discussions with other FRIEND-Water projects around the world have commenced to offer to include the data from these projects also into the GRDC database. As the first step the Southern African FRIEND-Water database has already been successfully included into the GRDC database and data are made available to the research community since 2013.

Thank you again for your contributions.

Ulrich Looser

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