Action area ‘CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES’ – activities contributing to enhancement of operations of the National Hydrological Services, their visibility, financing and sustainability, as well as its core infrastructure and data sharing

Open for comments until 25 May 2021Extended to 31 May 2021Leave your comment(s) below

A Logical Framework methodology was used to design a holistically consistent structure of goals, outcomes that leads to achievement of these goals, outputs that together will materialize into desirable outcomes, and finally activities through which outputs will be delivered.

A schematic illustration of resulting proposal is provided in the following figure.

The Table below provides a list of proposed activities grouped by outputs. More details can be found in the following table/document where for some of the activities additional features are proposed (such as responsibility, time, linkages, etc.). The Table is intended to become an integral part of the Action Plan as its annex.





Increased presentation/ communication understanding of value proposition, benefits and, risk analysis and value of hydrological services to foster understanding by ministries and governments


High level RAs fora

organization of HL forum at each RA session to involve politicians and better describe value and benefits provided by the NMHSs in decreasing risks of hydrometeorological disasters


Hydrological Assembly

Organization presentation of water and climate leaders in CG ext.
Present  Declaration  and to broaden hydrological community to participate in WMO work ar Cg-ext


Creation of communication materials for NHSs towards Governments

Development easy to digest presentations of benchmarking and success stories demonstrating benefits of NMHSs and their services


Emphasize the convenience of linking flood and drought management plans to local/national development  policies



Conceptualising of a toolkit to evaluate service quality and include for self guided benchmarking in the CPDB



Using the water and climate leaders group and the coalition to transport effective WMO messaging towards governments and ministries

Proper communication materials that can be used by the coalition but also at national level


Increased management skills of NHSs management (including middle and lower management) supports effectiveness and development of NHSs


Curriculum for top and middle management training

Similarly to basic instruction package for meteorology and hydrology, basic instruction package should be developed for management of NHSs (including description of skills needed in HR, operation, project management, strategy, finance, information marketing domains accommodated for a conditions of the NHSs)


E-learning training course(s) for management of NHSs developed

E-learning courses are developed to enhance management skills of NHSs’ staff  (including HR, operation, project management, strategy, finance, information marketing domains accommodated for a conditions of the NHSs)


Guidance on managing the NHSs

Basic guidance on needed management skills for NHSs’ staff (including HR, operation, project management, strategy, finance, information marketing domains accommodated for a conditions of the NHSs)


Twinning projects targeted at management skills

Twinning projects used for knowledge transfer among Members including management skills of the NHSs staff.


Management TED talks programme 

Sharing experience through the TED talks format videos targeting on explanation basic management issues of NHSs and methods to cope with them etc.


Enhanced regional cooperation, planning and implementation of  NMHSs led activities


Regional Associations hydrological activities (e.g. HydroConference in RAVI) and support to other technical symposia organized at regional level

conference to promote knowledge sharing


Enhanced customer orientation and better marketing skills generates better services and products with higher added value.


E-learning training course(s) on marketing as a part of 2.2 developed

E-learning courses are developed to enhance management skills of NHSs’ staff in marketing accommodated for a conditions of the NHSs)


Management TED talks on marketing and customer orientation as part of 2.5 developed

Sharing experience through the TED talks format videos targeting on explanation basic marketing principles and methods to cope with them etc.


Catalog of case studies of product and service development as well as marketing strategies for customers and development of process/check list, methodology to support strategic service planning of NMHSs including catalogue of products and services in response to customer requirements  

Demonstration of good practice in development of customer/user-oriented products and services


The end users of hydrological information/data have a clear understanding of what the data means and it’s relative (un)certainty.   


Developing of unified communication standards for hydrological information based on definition of guidelines and regulatory material to ensure that communication is based on uptake requirements defined by end-users



Institution development plans and programmes of monitoring network development are in place and implemented taking into account the catalogue of products and services.



Guidance how to write a development plans for various aspects of NHSs’ operation

Guidance should support enhancement of managerial capabilities within NHSs, as such it provides general advice on strategy development and planning accommodated for the conditions of NHSs


E-learning training course(s) for management of NHSs developed as part of A.2

E-learning courses are developed to enhance management skills of NHSs’ staff in strategic and operational planning and project development and management.


NHS providers have the tools to plan and construct hydrological networks that can grow/adapt as needs and resources changes

Delivered by targeted research, guidelines on hydrological monitoring network design, implementation and maintenance are available.


Enhanced resource mobilization (expertise, financial, partnership) for capacity building, technical assistance, training of personnel and sustainability of E2E MHEWS


Project proposals development support

Put in place a framework mechanism to sponsor development initiatives through Project Proposal development and provision of Reimbursable Advisory Services through e.g. the IFM HelpDesk


Sustainable projects helps build capacities of NHSs


Capacity development project are coordinated to support achievement of long-term ambitions and sustainability

SOFF, ????


Support of local production of monitoring equipment to enhance maintenance availability and reduce cost.



Support to twining projects between national hydrological services



Effective and efficient, low-cost methods for hydrological observations are broadly available


Guidance on how to amplify the information through citizen science, proxy data, and innovation.



HydroHub Innovation hub will stimulate development and deployment of low-cost technologies for hydrometric monitoring.

HydroHub Innovation platform


Increased availability, national and international exchange of hydro-meteorological data for operational flood forecasting and early warning, and enhanced international cooperation in flood management especially for transboundary basins


Basic observation network – hydrology and cryosphere established

In the spirit of (and to support) Resolution 42 and its implementation a network of reference observations is established from which Members commit themselves to mandatory share the data  – GBON hydrology and cryosphere data (snow melt floods, ice related flood risks)


WHOS – operational data exchange

WHOS develops as common platform for international sharing of operational data among Members. 


Increased additional / voluntary data sharing including  forecast products,  Satellite data/products availability for flood forecasting

"Resolution 42" promotion in hydrology for forecast products. Further development of transboundary policy issues (Legal Paper on IFM, transboundary flood risk management), Demonstration project in selected basins built on WHOS


Statement on network design with respect to floods forecasting and management

Easy to understand advice on how to best design network for flood forecasting and warning purposes (location of gauges, reporting frequency etc.)


Operational hydrology  community at national scale knows how to access the global products, services, tools, activities and community of WMO


Entry point up to date catalog/ directory available



Motivation, benefits clearly described and understood


Please comment on the list of activities by answering to the following questions using the “Leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page:

  1. Are any substantial activities missing from your point of view (please keep in mind that, given their nature, they may be also listed under cross-cutting issues)?
  2. Are all listed activities feasible and meaningful?
  3. Do you want to propose some changes to definition, description or other features of individual activities? Please refer to ID of the activity.
  4. Any other comments are welcome as well.

In addition please indicate, using the survey form here below, your preferences concerning the priorities by assigning ‘High priority’ to those activities you consider critical for the Action Plan for Hydrology and which you’d like to promote. At the same time, please assign ‘no priority’ to activities that should be downgraded or dropped from the Action Plan:

This post is open for comments until 25 May 2021 – Extended to 31 May 2021.

Thank you for your inputs!

Comments (4)

  • Sašo Petan31 May 2021 at 16h25

    I am not sure if the proposed metrics addresses the first outcome “National Hydrological Services operations are sustainable, visible for the society and governments, and benefits provided are recognized and valued” as well.

  • Viacheslav Manukalo27 May 2021 at 12h21

    A. 1.4. It is possible to suggest in the column “description” to write “the organization of regional seminars and other educational and practical actions”
    A.2. Add to the National Hydrological Services (NHS) the National Hydrometeorological Services (NHMS). I believe that raising a level of skills will be useful not only for hydrologists but also for meteorologists.

  • Mariano Re25 May 2021 at 21h13

    Mariano Re (Argentina)
    “A.9 – Effective and efficient, low-cost methods for hydrological observations are broadly available”
    Not only focus on how to develop the different techniques (citizen science for example), but also think about how to systematize the survey of that information and how to make it of the best possible quality and usable.

  • nekooamal25 May 2021 at 8h55

    Nekooamal from Meteorological Organization of Iran:
    paragraphA.1.6: Given that, in many countries, meteorology and hydrology are separate, this paragraph is very important and should be pursued more strongly and broadly.
    paragraph A.2: In Iran and many other countries, NHSs management is not under the supervision of the Meteorological Organization.

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