WMO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have launched the Global Hydrometry Support Facility and Innovation Hub (GHSF). It brings together the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS) office, the World Hydrological Observing System (WHOS), the Hydrological Services Information Platform, and the global innovation hub.
The GHSF will expand the base of global hydrological data with the aim of developing a reliable and sustainable base of hydrological data and information. This base will serve as the foundation for evidence-based policy, decision-making and conflict resolution in water resources management at global, transboundary, national and local levels.
It will enable a free and open sharing of hydrological data. GHSF will develop and apply innovative monitoring and database technologies; support regional, national and local projects focused on building sustainable hydrometeorological networks and freely accessible data; and promote the use of quality management principles.
GHSF will also partner in building operational systems and capacity in water monitoring, seeking to bolster the capacities of National Hydrological Services while also engaging the public, private and academic sectors.