The GRDC Data Download portal has been completed and now in-situ river discharge data collected in the Global Runoff Database are available with a few mouse clicks.
The Global Runoff Database of quality controlled “historical” mean daily and monthly discharge data has developed over the last 30 years into the most comprehensive global river discharge data archive supporting climate-related programs and projects of the United Nations and their special organizations and the scientific and research communities at large.
“I’d like to thank the KISTERS team for the good cooperation. The result is a really nice tool that optimally supports GRDC in providing data. We are already thinking about some extensions for the portal and are looking forward to continue the collaboration.” – Ulrich Looser, Head, Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC) in the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) [GRDC Website]
Have a look at the portal [here].
Comprehensive portal to access discharge data in the web browser
The GRDC Data Download portal is for web-based selection and download of river discharge data collected by GRDC on behalf of WMO. Map views support the usual zoom functions and selection tools. Hoover boxes, filters and search fields assist with the selection of suitable stations. Table views with configurable columns allow a more detailed selection. Selection of several items is summarized into one download. Calibration of hydrological models, evaluating model results, or validating remote sensing data with in-situ data can now be done without cumbersome data ordering procedures. River discharge data are provided in different formats including WaterML2, which is an accepted WMO and OGC standard format for the exchange of hydrologic data.
Huge data pool
The exchange of hydrological data and information on a global scale is the principal reason for operating GRDC. It connects national hydrological and hydro-meteorological services, the primary providers of river discharge data and associated metadata, and the scientific research community utilizing this unique data collection. Growing data contributions from National Hydrological Services are increasing the value of this unique dataset. The Global Runoff Database is operated by the Global Runoff Data Centre (GRDC) at the German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz, Germany.