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President, WMO Commission for Hydrology

Harry Lins is a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). A specialist in stochastic hydrology and hydroclimatology, his work has focused principally on characterizing the surface water response to climate, with an emphasis on regional streamflow variability, long-term trends, and the statistical techniques appropriate for such analyses.He is a co-developer of WaterWatch, a USGS website of maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. He is the author of more than 60 scientific and technical papers.

Dr. Lins has been involved in WMO activities for 25 years, and has been a member of the Commission for Hydrology’s Advisory Working Group since 2004. In this role, he has lead activities associated with the Hydroclimatic Data Analysis and the Quality Management Framework – Hydrology theme areas. Prior to becoming a member of the Advisory Working Group, Dr. Lins served WMO as the Executive Secretary of the World Climate Programme – Water (2000-2006), as a member of the coordination panel of the Global Terrestrial Network – Hydrology (GTN-H) (2001-2006), as a technical expert on the CHy Working Group on Applications (1996-2000), as a rapporteur for the RA-IV Working Group on Hydrology (1996-2000), and as co-chair of the Hydrology and Water Resources Working Group during the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) First Impacts Assessment (1989-1992). He was elected President of the Commission for Hydrology at its Fourteenth Session in 2012.

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