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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year 2019 Happy New Year 2019

A message from the head of the GRDC, Ulrich Looser

This year GRDC commemorates its 30th anniversary. As an international data centre operating under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) we are proudly looking back on connecting producers and users of hydrologic data and serving international programmes and trans-national projects.

From an initial river discharge dataset of approximately 3500 stations, collected by WMO in the framework of the “First Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP) Global Experiment (FGGE)” in the 1970s and early 1980s and a compilation of monthly discharge data collected by UNESCO, the database has grown to currently more than 9500 stations from 161 countries. Over the past 30 years the GRDC database of quality controlled “historical” mean daily and monthly discharge data has developed into the most comprehensive global river discharge data archive supporting climate-related programmes and projects of the United Nations and their special organisations and the scientific and research communities at large.

Apart from the anniversary GRDC looks back at an exciting year 2018. It started off on a high note with the release of the OGC® Implementation Standard WaterML 2: Part 3 - Surface Hydrology Features (HY_Features) - Conceptual Model. This standard was developed with substantial contributions from GRDC and is currently implemented in a number of pilot studies.

Advanced quality control mechanisms available in the new data management system contributed to the improvement of station metadata and timeseries. Contacted data providers assisted in checking metadata and providing updates of both metadata and discharge timeseries making 2018 the year with the most comprehensive data deliveries to GRDC. A special thanks to the numerous data providers from all over the world.

Requests for GRDC discharge datasets and products showed a jump of 10% to more than 500. This also marks a new record and GRDC is proud to support numerous large and small international research projects with its data. Now the development of a data portal should streamline data requests in future.
Increasing data supplies and rising numbers of data requests are reflecting a sound relationship with data providers and users. This is a good basis for looking ahead with confidence to the continued operation of GRDC in a challenging environment.

Together with the GRDC team I wish you all the best for the year 2019.

Ulrich Looser

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