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Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year 2022 Happy New Year 2022

A message from the head of the GRDC, Ulrich Looser

For over 33 years GRDC is providing historical discharge data to support climate-related programmes and projects of the United Nations and their special organisations and the science communities in cooperation with National Hydrological Services. The GRDC Data Portal has streamlined data request procedures. The most comprehensive global river discharge dataset, since two years part of the WMO Catalogue for Climate Data, is easily accessible to the users via the portal.

An Extraordinary session of the WMO Congress has been convened in October 2021 to address specific items, amongst others the WMO support for the global water agenda and the Earth System Data Exchange. As one of the results the “WMO Unified Data Policy Resolution” (Res.1, Ext-Cg 2021) was adopted to promote the free and unrestricted exchange of observational data from all parts of the world. This covers also hydrological data and products.

It was realised that all WMO Members must be strengthened to accommodate the explosive growth in the demand for weather, climate, and water monitoring and prediction data to support essential services needed by all sectors of society, as they face issues such as climate change, increasing frequency and impact of extreme weather, and implications for food security.

Although 2021 provided continued challenges as result of the pandemic, data acquisition has been successful and more that 600 additional stations could be added to the Global Runoff Database. This clearly reflects GRDCs sound relationship with data providers and their valued support to GRDC.
GRDC has updated the “Freshwater Fluxes to the World’s Oceans” based on the water balance model WaterGAP. This new version is being presented in an attractive web application and includes annual runoff values for the period 1901-2016, broken down in map and table displays by runoff from continents as well as into oceans, 5° and 10° latitude bands, and UNEP GIWA regions. Previous data sets prepared by GRDC in 2004, 2009 and 2014 are integrated into the service.
Further web applications are under development and will be released after their completion.

We at GRDC are continuously working to improve relations with data providers for a better data exchange. At the same time the ties to the user community are strengthened to better understand their requirements to address them in future developments. GRDC is grateful for the high level of cooperation already achieved.

Together with the GRDC team I wish you personal health and all the best for 2022.

Ulrich Looser

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