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Hydrometry Section
About the Group

Hydrometry here refers to the sciences and techniques used to measure the water levels and discharges of natural or artificial, superficial or subterranean streams. These measures are fundamental for hydrological sciences and for the management of water resources and natural hazards.

Since 2005, the French and French-speaking hydrometric community has gradually been structured around the Doppler Group, an informal working group created spontaneously to reinforce the knowledge of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) that have revolutionized hydrometric practices since the 1990s. In 2014, the Doppler Group extended its scope to all hydrometric technologies, both classical and innovative, and to the analysis of associated uncertainties, and was renamed Doppler Hydrometry Group.

It brings together an active community of French operational and academic hydrometry technologists (CNR, EDF, IRD, Irstea, DREAL/SPC/Schapi ...) and foreign francophones (HydroQuébec, Environment Canada, FOEN, etc.). The activities of the group and its mailing-list met with a good adhesion and produced tangible results such as the ADCP guide (2008), the re-edition of the Hydrometric Quality Charter (2017), the intercomparisons of ADCP gaugings (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016), the intercomparisons of gaugings using rod-mounted or suspended current meters, the IFORE training course on ADCP gauging, the reactivation of the national standardisation commission AFNOR X10C Hydrométrie (2014) but also many technical discussions (surface velocity radars, transit time ultrasound stations, etc.) in the form of a forum.

In 2017, the Doppler Hydrometry Group partners with the SHF through the creation of a new Hydrometry section. This collaboration is the culmination of a fruitful collaboration to organize the various editions of the
SHF Hydrométrie symposia in March 2008, May 2013 and March 2017, which helped to strengthen exchanges within the professional community of French and French-speaking hydrometrs. These international conferences provided an opportunity for presentations and discussions on practices and know-how, with the publication of the proceedings and the best articles in the La Houille Blanche-Revue Internationale de l'Eau journal.

In conjunction with the Doppler Hydrometry Group, the Hydrometry section of the SHF will continue the animation activities related to hydrometric technologies and related uncertainties. It is attached to the Hydrosystems and Water Resources Division of the SHF.

The section is not open to suppliers of commercial hydrometric equipment and software.

Website of the Doppler Hydrometry Group:

On that site you can find:
- Hydrometric reference documents
- the inter-comparison reports
- practical tools
- a forum for discussion

Practical informations