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Milestones

  • 1982: Data request of FGGE-data by WMO for the years 1978-1980
  • 1982: 2nd planning meeting of WCP-Water in Paris
  • 1984: Start of data-collection at the Institute for Bioclimatology and applied Meteorology of University of Munich
  • 1984: Request of data for the years 1981-1983 (1985) by WMO
  • 1985: 3rd planning meeting of WCP-Water in Geneva
  • 1987: The Fed. Institute of Hydrology (BfG) started to take over data sets; processing of the data for 1981-1983
  • 1988: 4th planning meeting of WCP-Water in Paris
  • 1988: Workshop "Global Runoff Data Set and Grid Estimation" in Koblenz
  • 14 Nov. 1988: Official inauguration of the GRDC at the BfG. Prof. Hans-Jürgen Liebscher was nominated as Chairman of the International Steering Committee (SC).
  • 1990: 5th planning meeting of WCP-Water in Laxenburg, Projects A.8 (Detecting global and regional runoff trends by monitoring discharges of selected rivers) and A.9 (Monitoring changes in the characteristics of extreme hydrological events) were established
  • 1990: Request of data for years 1984-1988 by WMO
  • 1992: Workshop "Global Runoff Data Centre" in Koblenz
  • 1993: 6th planning meeting of WCP-Water in Wallingford. Project B.7 (Comparison study of time series of real mean monthly precipitation and streamflow of selected catchment areas) was established
  • 1994: 1st GRDC-Steering Committee met in Koblenz
  • 1995: 2nd GRDC-Steering Committee met in Koblenz
  • 1997: 7th planning meeting of WCP-Water in Koblenz
  • 1997: 3rd GRDC-Steering Committee met in Koblenz
  • 1999: 4th GRDC-Steering Committee met in Koblenz
  • 2001: 5th GRDC-Steering Committee met in Koblenz
  • 2001: Prof. Hans-Jürgen Liebscher, Chairman of the GRDC SC between 1988-2001, has retired and Dr. Klaus Wilke, Head of the Department Water Balance, Forecasting Methods of the BfG became the new chairman.
  • 2003: 6th GRDC-Steering Committee met in Koblenz
  • 2004: GRDC took over the continuous operation of the European Water Archive (EWA) from the British CEH. EWA is a central element of the European FRIEND project.
  • 2004-2010: Development of the Global Terrestrial Network for River Discharge (GTN-R) as a GCOS baseline river discharge network. GTN-R is integral part of the Global Terrestrial Network for Hydrology (GTN-H). With GTN-R the Centre contributes to GEOSS.
  • 2005: 7th meeting of the GRDC-Steering Committee in Koblenz
  • 2006-2011: Development of the European Terrestrial Network for River Discharge (ETN-R) as contribution to the European Flood Alert System (EFAS) developed by EC-JRC
  • 2007: Dr. Klaus Wilke, Chairman of the GRDC SC between 2001-2007, has retired and Dr. Hans Moser, Head of the Hydrology Division of the BfG became the new chairman
  • 2007: 8th meeting of the GRDC-Steering Committee in Koblenz
  • 14 Nov. 2008: 20th Anniversary of the GRDC
  • 2009: 9th meeting of the GRDC-Steering Committee in Koblenz
  • 2009: GRDC 20th Anniversary Colloquium in Koblenz
  • 2009: The Head of the GRDC was appointed as a permanent co-chair of the newly established OGC Hydrology Domain Working Group of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
  • 2010: GRDC took over the continuous operation of the Southern Africa Flow Database of the Southern Africa FRIEND project from the British CEH in Wallingford.
  • 2011: 10th meeting of the GRDC-Steering Committee in Koblenz
  • 2011: XVI. Congress of WMO expressed the continued need for facilitating access to hydrological observations for global studies and decided to keep Resolution 21 (Cg-XII) – Global Runoff Data Centre – in force.

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