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Guidelines for hydrological data rescue

Fry, Matthew. 2014 Guidelines for hydrological data rescue. Geneva, Switzerland, World Meteorological Organisation, 38pp. (WMO Technical Report, WMO-No 1146)

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Abstract/Summary

The potential loss of historical meteorological, climatological and hydrological data in many parts of the world is an issue that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has been addressing for more than three decades. It has become a major concern in hydrology where for more than two decades, hydrological observing networks worldwide have been on the decline. Significantly, most countries have at least some need for data rescue. Although the reasons are varied, most fall within two general categories: record deterioration and risk of catastrophic loss. The World Meteorological Organization, through its Hydrology and Water Resources Programme, has been supporting the efforts of Members in data rescue activities. In addition, in 2006, it sponsored a survey of WMO Members that documented significant international concern about the state of historical data records and the need for data rescue activities in almost all countries. The survey also demonstrated the need among many Members for a set of guidelines specifying procedures for implementing hydrological data rescue. The current publication is designed to meet that need. These guidelines review the rationale for hydrological data rescue, the benefits to be derived therefrom, appropriate rescue methods, sound data management practices as well as data management systems, procedures for securing rescued data far into the future and for safeguarding data through storage in an international database. As with all WMO guides, this one provides a range of options so that Members can choose the most appropriate to their unique circumstances. We hope that the hydrological community will find these guidelines of help in its efforts to secure and preserve its data holdings over the long term.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
CEH Sections: Rees (from October 2014)
ISBN: 9789263111463
Funders/Sponsors: World Meteorological Organisation
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available online via Official URL link
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 15 Jul 2015 12:37 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/511295

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