Standing Committee on Hydrological Services

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Terms of Reference

(a) Review existing QMF-H guidance material on hydrological services, including Technical Regulations, Volume III: Hydrology (WMO-No. 49) and develop and promote education and training support material with an emphasis on developing and least developed countries, under the overall coordination of the Hydrological Coordination Panel (HCP) and jointly with the Commission for Observation, Infrastructure and Information Systems (INFCOM);

(b) Review existing guidance material on flood forecasting and the development of new components, including finalization of assessment guidelines for NHSs to evaluate their end-to-end flood Early Warning Systems (EWSs);

(c) Guide the development of a community of practice on flood forecasting which provides access to interoperable technologies, including platforms and models, to training and guidance material and to related discussion fora;

(d) Lead the finalization of the Manual on Flood Risk Mapping;

(e) Ensure the hydrological component of all major projects related to flood forecasting, i.e. “Coastal Inundation Forecasting Initiative (CIFI)”, “Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS)”, “Severe Weather Forecasting Project (SWFP)” include hydrometeorological data and forecast requirements and hydrological reflect good practices for effective and sustainable flood forecasting;

(f) 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;

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

(h) 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;

(i) 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;

(j) Support SC-AGR in assessing WMO contributions to the food security agenda;

(k) Support SC-DRR in the provision of assistance to Members in enhancing their service delivery capabilities and enabling effective implementation of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS);

(l) 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;

(m) Lead the finalization of the Guidelines for verification of Hydrological Forecasts.

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