Standing Committee on Hydrological Services (SC-HYD)

Standing Committee on Hydrological Services 

At its first meeting in 2020, SERCOM decided to establish the Standing Committee on Hydrological Services  (SC-HYD) for the first intersessional period, with the terms of reference provided here. The SC-HYD is composed of 17 technical experts, including the Chair (Dr Yuri Simonov) and Vice-chair (Eng. Marcelo Uriburu Quirno), selected from the WMO Expert Network by the President of the Commission.  Other technical experts may be invited, on a needs basis, to serve as Observers on the Standing Committee, as determined by the chair/vice-chair of the Standing Committee in consultation with the president of the Services Commission. 


The SC-HYD has come up during its first two meetings with a detailed workplan, covering 13 different activities. More information about these activities is provided below. The SC-HYD will be working until the next ordinary session of the Services Commission where, if required, the Standing Committee can be re-established at the discretion of the Services Commission . 

 

SC-HYD meetings 

Related Activities

Activities

Below you will find all documents related to the activities to be undertaken by the Standing Committee on Hydrological Services 

Activity 1: Review existing QMF-H guidance material, and develop and promote education and training support material, including Technical Regulations, Volume III Hydrology (WMO No.49)

Documents 

Background material

Please note that the background document below is access restricted, only SC-HYD members can access it as reference material to be considered for the terminology part in Tech. Reg. Vol.III. It is recalled (as stated in the minutes of the first two meetings) that these definitions were originally developed by UNDRR and submitted to WMO for review - the comments contained in the document represent WMO Secretariat opinions and/or suggestions to bring the UNDRR terminology in line with that used in various other WMO publications and manuals. 

Achievements

Activity 3: Development of a Community of Practice on flood forecasting providing access to interoperable technologies, including platforms and models, to training and guidance material and to related discussion

Documents 

Background material

Work in progress

Achievements

Activity 5: Ensure that all major projects under FFI (CIFI, FFGS, SWFP) include the requirements and reflect best practices for effective and sustainable flood forecasting

Documents 

Background material

Work in progress

Achievements

 

Activity 6: Guide the development of the forecasting and prediction aspects of the Global Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) including the development of Seasonal Hydrological Prediction (SHP) on the basis of Regional Climate Outlook Forums (RCOF) outputs.

Documents 

Work in progress

Achievements

Activity 7: Provide scientific and technical advice to the WMO/GWP Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) and to represent WMO at the APFM governance meetings

Documents 

Activity 8: Provide scientific and technical advice to the WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) and represent the WMO hydrological community at the IDMP governance meetings

Documents 

Activity 9: Supervise and provide technical advice on the development of tools for water resources assessment and planning to assist decision-making including under climatic variability and change.

Documents 

Background material

Work in progress

Activity 11: Ensure collaboration with the Research Board and the Hydrological Coordination Panel on the definition of research priorities and needs for hydrometeorological activities in cooperation with external partners

Achievements

 

Activity 12: Guidelines for verification of hydrological forecasts

Documents

Work in progress

Activity 13: Further development of the concept for inclusion of Hydrological Centres into the GDPFS Manual and Provision of technical consultation to the development of GDPFS to assure hydrological data, forecast models and systems are integrated into the GDPFS

Documents

Work in progress

Achievements

Background material