Reviewing and updating WMO Regulatory and Guidance material ensures that it better reflects the realities of hydrometry on the ground, user requirements and implementable technologies.
- NMHSs: to ensure and demonstrate the quality of the data collected, and to develop and innovate monitoring systems and integrate non-traditional data sources in a more agile way.
- Innovators: to be incentivized in developing new hydrometric technologies and approaches
Standards and regulations – including those published by WMO – can be a barrier or a catalyzer to innovation on the ground. While it is important to formulate well established rules to achieve comparability of hydrological data around the world or facilitate data exchange, standards can hamper improvements or exclude innovative solutions in procurement, when not formulated in an appropriate manner.
In view of this, the WMO HydroHub supports the update of standards and regulatory material in a way that reflects the realities of hydrometry on the ground, thus facilitating the agile development of NMHSs monitoring systems, including through operational uptake of innovative solutions.
The goal is to allow NMHSs and data users to gain trust in innovative solutions, while putting forward the most appropriate ones. Technical Regulations and other guidance material should allow to build bridges between well-known technical and emerging ones.