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Vice-president of the Commission for Hydrology


President of the >Commission for Hydrology

Dr. Zhiyu Liu
Vice- president, WMO Commission for Hydrology

Dr. Liu Zhiyu has degrees in Engineering Hydrology (BS in China, MS in Ireland, and PhD in Italy), and many years working with national hydrological forecast centre of China, and extensive experience in projects on hydrologic modelling and operational system development.

He is currently held responsible for hydrological forecasting, technological guidance, training, central management of water resources data and program management, and international collaboration in his capacity as Deputy Chief Engineer and Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources at the Bureau of Hydrology, Ministry of Water Resources of China.

Dr. Liu has been an active member of Working Group on Hydrology of WMO, OPACHE of WMO-CHy and WGH of UNESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee since 1996 and a member of China National Committee for IAHS since 2002. He is now a member of the Advisory Working Group of the WMO Commission for Hydrology leading the activities of hydrological prediction and forecasting, and the Vice-Chair of WGH of UNESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee. He is also a member of Editorial Boards of Journal of China Hydrology, and an invited reviewer for ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering in USA, Hydrology Research (Formerly Nordic Hydrology) in UK, and Water Science and Engineering, Water Resources and Power, etc. Dr. Liu has made 6 books/proceedings published and authored or co-authored over 40 publications in the above field of interests in recent 10 years. He has worked as a key researcher in a number of sponsored research projects, and received numerous professional awards including a State Sci-Tech Advanced Prize of second-class.

Terms of reference

  1. To assist the president of the Commission in undertaking his Terms of Reference, as and when requested;
  2. To assist the AWG in fulfilling its duties as outlined in the Implementation Plan for HOMS;
  3. To coordinate the editing and production of publications prepared on behalf of CHy;
  4. To identify and lead actions with regard to the education and training requirements of Commission activities under the adopted Strategy on Education and Training for HWR and the QMF–Hydrology;
  5. To monitor and report on the updating of the Hydrological Information Referral Service (INFOHYDRO);
  6. To promote data rescue and protection activities in NMHSs; and
  7. To support the development and promotion of guidance material on the estimation of the economic benefits of NMHSs.
  8. Provide guidance, advice and training in regards to the spatial estimation of rainfall and other hydrological parameters, including the use of remote sensing, e.g. radars, satellites.



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