Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how?

Dixon, Harry ORCID:; Sandstrom, Sophia; Cudennec, Christophe ORCID:; Lins, Harry F. ORCID:; Abrate, Tommaso; Berod, Dominique; Chernov, Igor; Ravalitera, Nirina; Sighomnou, Daniel; Teichert, Florian. 2022 Intergovernmental cooperation for hydrometry – what, why and how? [in special issue: Hydrological data: opportunities and barriers] Hydrological Sciences Journal, 67 (16). 2552-2566.

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Two thirds of hydrological observation networks in developing countries are reported to be in poor or declining condition. At the same time innovation in sensor technologies and data processing are presenting opportunities for enhancing observation networks that are not being realized. The World Meteorological Organization’s Global Hydrometry Support Facility, or WMO HydroHub, was launched in 2016 to transform assistance to operational water monitoring agencies around the world. If successful, the initiative will increase the amount of hydrometric data available to researchers, catchment managers and water policy makers. To those unfamiliar with UN organizations, however, the nature of such initiatives, the reasoning behind the decisions taken to establish them and the mechanisms by which they try to deliver benefits for society, can be opaque. This paper adopts a novel dialogue-style format to explore the set-up of the WMO HydroHub and build awareness amongst those who ultimately may benefit from its approaches.

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Water Resources (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0262-6667
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Additional Keywords: hydrometry, Hydrological Services, hydrological data, capacity development, innovation, monitoring
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
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Date made live: 05 Jun 2020 12:41 +0 (UTC)

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