Reviewing and updating WMO Regulatory material

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 appropriately.

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 building bridges between well-known technical and emerging ones.