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World Archive Runoff Gauge Stations (WAGRS)

Data holding centreInstitute of Limnology RAS
CountryRussian Federation  Russian Federation
Time period1850-now
Geographical area

Former USSR, neighbouring countries, including rivers inflowing the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov


Precipitation and evaporation


World Archive Runoff Gauge Stations (WAGRS) for monthly and annually averaged river runoff data sets was developed in 1992-98. It was constructed in a frame of IHP (International Hydrological Program) UNESCO: World Water Resource at the Beginning of the XXI Century edited by Prof. I.A.Shiklomanov (State Hydrological Institute, St Petersburg, Russia). Assistance and help with supplying runoff data were render by Dr. V.Grabs, former Director of GRDC, Germany, and numerous colleagues from different countries as well. Currently the WAGRS contains monthly and annually averaged river runoff data from approx. 9000 gauge stations from over the world, including 4000 stations located in the former USSR. Information available for each gauge station is as follows: 1) Continent and country; 2) River and station names; 3 Geographical co-ordinates and above sea level elevation; 4) River watershed (catchment) area above the station (km2); 5) Period of the observations and total number of months observed; 6) Long-term original monthly averaged runoff data series (m3/s); 7) Year-to-year (long-term) averaged annual course of i) runoff data (m3/s); ii) specific discharge from a watershed (l/s km2). Data on more than 600 runoff gauge stations are contained in WAGRS for the Black Sea and Sea of Azov watersheds. They cover such rivers as Danube, Dnieper, Don, Dniester etc.

OriginatorsInstitute of Limnology RAS
OrganisationInstitute of Limnology RAS
AvailabilityNo access
ContactSergei Ryanzhin

Institute of Limnology RAS
Sevastyanov st. 9
St Petersburg

Russian Federation

Facsimile+(812) 388-7327
Collating centreAll-Russia Research Institute of Hydrometeorological Information - World Data Centre (RIHMI-WDC) National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC)
Local identifier35008002
Global identifier2496
Last revised2009-05-13