This event provides an overview of the World Meteorological Organization’s Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS): A system for monitoring and predicting global freshwater hydrological conditions. HydroSOS provides a platform for assessing the current hydrological availability and providing outlooks under changing climate. Water status and outlook systems are key components of evidence-based decision-making regarding climate change adaptation. The event will feature an outline of the HydroSOS concept, progress in the project so far which includes the technical developments done during the pilot phase, and a presentation on the challenges and opportunities associated with global implementation.
As HydroSOS enters its implementation phase, this event presents an excellent opportunity and provides a space for knowledge exchanges and the sharing of lessons learnt and practical information on how to strengthen capacity of the NHMS and agencies to implement HydroSOS on a regional level. The event has four main goals:
- Provide the insights on the Pilot phase of HydroSOS and discuss the benefits of having HydroSOS
- Discuss the technical developments done so far, shed light of the demonstrator, and the major conclusions from the pilot phase.
- Share lessons learnt and discuss new entry points and innovative approaches to improve the platform and encourage participation of the members to the project.
- Explore potential partnerships for HydroSOS
Run of the show
Introduction and keynote speech
Why is a Global Outlook and forecasting system necessary and What has been done towards it so far
How does HydroSOS help in climate adaptation
Looking at the broader picture and How is HydroSOS connected to other WMO and UN-water initiatives
Deputy Director and Director of Science at UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)
Alan Jenkins is Director of Science at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), the leading UK centre for environmental science across water, land and air. With a background in hydrology, he has worked nationally and internationally on acid rain, water quality, water resources and climate change impacts. He currently acts as the UK Hydrological Advisor with the World Meteorological Organisation and Chairs the UK input to the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Hydrology Programme. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography, University College London.
Key note speaker
Leader of the Water Resources Systems Group at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)
Harry leads the Water Resources Systems Group at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). He is a hydrologist with extensive experience of working in the UK and internationally on projects related to hydrological data and information services. Harry has an active involvement in water-related intergovernmental hydrology programmes under the UN framework and bilateral international science collaborations. Harry is a member of the WMO Hydrological Coordination Panel and an Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.
Director Water and Cryosphere, WMO
Mr Cullmann joined the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2015 as the Director of the Climate and Water Department. From 1 January 2020, he is the Director for Water and Cryosphere. Mr Cullmann was Director of the IHP/HWRP division (science and international cooperation) of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology from 2007 to 2015. He was involved in formulating the Institute’s research strategy, delivering the first climate change impact analysis of German water-ways and took part in harmonising data for assessing hydrological futures for the Rhine river basin. He helped coordinating international water affairs within the German government and with international partners. From 2012 to 2014, he was President of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s water programme. In this function he has been negotiating implementation plans for UNESCO with Governments and other UN Agencies. Mr Cullmann was the German representative in the Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine River, one of the important features of European transboundary water cooperation.
Ashis Kumar Mitra
Head of ‘National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting’ (NCMRWF)
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
Dr. Ashis Kumar Mitra, is currently the Head of ‘National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting’ (NCMRWF), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. Dr. Mitra has 35 years of experience in Numerical Modelling for Weather /Climate, Data Assimilation, Monsoon Research and developing Applications for various sectors. He has published around 100 research papers in peer reviewed reputed journals. He has a Ph.D in Ocean Modelling from IIT Delhi. Dr. Mitra has worked as visiting scientist in FSU, USA and UKMO, UK. His current research interests are coupled modelling for S2S prediction of Monsoon, ocean-atmosphere modelling and data assimilation, gridded merged satellite gauge rainfall data preparation and model validation/ diagnostics. He is an associate editor of RMS journal QJRMS and is serving as member of several national and international committees related to weather and climate. Dr. Mitra is one of the members for WMO’s regional focal point of research for RA-II region.
José Alberto Zúñiga Mora
Coordinador C.S. Estudios Básicos de Ingeniería Regional advisor region IV
Lake Victoria Bassin Commission Kenya