RA IV Expert Team on Hydrological Infrastructure

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Regional Association IV Expert Team on Hydrological Infrastructure
Terms of Reference:
(1) Coordinate and support the development and implementation of the operational implementation plans of integrated observing and information systems of RA IV Members (specifically regarding hydrological observing and information systems, in accordance with the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) and the WMO Information System (WIS));
(2) Coordinate and oversee the integrated design of hydrological observation and information systems of RA IV Members, in terms of standardization, interoperability, technology and data management practices, to access and provide high-quality, cost-effective and adequate services for identified users following regional and global guidelines;
(3) Oversee the promotion and implementation of strategies to strengthen the operational, technical, and infrastructure capacity of hydrological integrated observing and information systems and data management practices in areas with least coverage and for the under-represented domains;
(4) Liaise with the corresponding Standing Committees and Study Groups of INFCOM, establish effective coordination with other WMO and RA IV subsidiary bodies, and the Regional WIGOS Centres (RWCs) on hydrological issues;
(5) Encourage the application and compliance with WMO guidelines on calibration and traceability of instruments, data processing, and observation methods, to improve the certification of the hydrological products and services of Members, in coordination with RA IV Regional Instrument Centres;
(6) Oversee the promotion, development and sustainable implementation of the regional plan of WIGOS and WIS, specifically on hydrological matters;
(7) hydrological Identify the advanced education, research and professional training needs in the field of information and communication technologies, and observation systems, in conjunction with the RA IV Regional Training Centres (RTCs);;
(8) Promote technical solutions to support the engagement of the private sector in the elements of the value chain connected to hydrological integrated information systems and observation of the Earth system;
(9) Provide the RA IV Infrastructure Committee with inputs for the development of a work plan for 2021–2023 that advances regional implementation of the hydrological components of WIGOS and WIS, including proposals for the establishment of special teams and their mandates;
(10) Coordinate those regional activities on hydrological issues aimed at enabling Members to improve their own predictive capabilities benefiting from the Global Data-processing and Forecasting System.

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