World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS) -- The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in association with the World Bank, started in 1993 to promote a World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS), based on a global network of reference stations with real-time satellite-based data transmission to enable the development of consistent, high-quality and constantly updated distributed national, regional and international data bases on river flow, water quality and certain climatic variables.
United Nations Department for Policy
Coordination and Sustainable Development
Interface with other relevant information sources such as the UNESCO International Hydrology Program (IHP), World Weather Watch, Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), etc.
International Hydrological Programme (IHP) -- is a vehicle through which Member States can upgrade their knowledge of the water cycle and thereby increase their capacity to better manage and develop their water resources. It aims at the improvement of the scientific and technological basis for the development of methods for the rational management of water resources.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) -- From weather prediction to air pollution research, climate change related activities, ozone layer depletion studies and tropical storm forecasting, the World Meteorological Organization coordinates global scientific activity to allow increasingly prompt and accurate weather information and other services for public, private and commercial use, including international airline and shipping industries. WMO's activities contribute to the safety of life and property, the socio-economic development of nations and the protection of the environment.
Hydrology and Water Resources Programme (HWRP) -- The HWRP consists of three mutually supporting component programmes: Operational Hydrology Programme - Basic Systems; Operational Hydrology Programme - Applications and Environment; Programme on Water - related Issues. The overall objective of HWRP is to apply hydrology to meet the needs for sustainable development and use of water and related resources; to the mitigation of water-related disasters; and to effective environmental management at national and international levels.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) -- UNEP's mandate is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
Water Research Commission
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