Young Hydrologic Society Stands Against Racism

In reaction to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Tayloy and too many others, we, early career scientists of the Young Hydrologic Society, are taking a stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We pledge to take actionable steps to amplify the voices of Black hydrologists in particular, and our Researchers of Colour colleagues in general, while fighting racial discrimination in the global hydrology community. Black members of our scientific and personal communities are subjected to systemic racism and are justly enraged over the murders and discrimination of Black people everywhere. Our current focus is on the Black Lives Matter movement, but moving forward we will actively listen to the needs of Black and People of Colour and work together to fight discrimination and racism within the geosciences. 

Racism is more than police brutality. Individual and institutional racism exist globally and academia is not immune to racism. In the US, only 10% of PhD graduates are People of Colour [1, 2]. Similar underrepresentation can be found in the UK, where only 1.2 % of PhD stipends are awarded to People of Colour, despite making up 14% of the population [3, 4, 5].

The hydrologic and geoscience community is certainly no exception, as this is a result of systemic discrimination and our individual unconscious biases. What does racism in the geosciences look like? The lack of diversity in the geosciences results from barriers that marginalized communities face even entering sciences in general [2].  Another example includes researchers exploiting their community partners. We’ve barely scratched the surface with these examples and more personal accounts can be found on Twitter – #BlackInTheIvory and #BlackinSTEM.

YHS’s Actions for Anti-Racism

YHS will take the following anti-racist actions..

  • We will improve our advertisements for YHS board members to reach a wider community, particularly through social media.
  • We will reach out to support new and existing national representatives and YHS chapters from underrepresented regions.
  • We will invite the YHS community to come together regularly to listen to their needs, support their initiatives, and improve YHS leadership transparency and accountability.
  • We will actively advocate for and hold our professional societies accountable to adopting anti-racist policies and improving the representation of Black hydrologists and Hydrologists of Color.
  • We will reflect on and evaluate our progress towards the aforementioned actions every six months and develop new anti-racist and anti-discriminatory action plans to hold ourselves and wider community accountable.

Individual’s Actions for Anti-Racism

In addition to YHS’s actions, we as individuals must take steps to continuously educate ourselves, and possibly others, about the racism and discrimination, especially the subtleties and complexities involved, as well as making meaningful structural and cultural changes both in our personal and professional lives. 

  • Educate yourself. This does not mean, asking your Black friends and colleagues to do it for you. Inform yourself about the histories of racism in your own country/field/institution, the personal stories and research of Black hydrologists, and best practices for being an ally. Some resources to help you get started can be found here:
  • Listen to and amplify the voices of Black hydrologists, Hydrologists of Colour, and other hydrologists in underrepresented communities. Twitter is a great way to to do this, for example search for #BlackInSTEM, #BlackAFinSTEM, @GeoLatinas, @500womensci, #Black In Geoscience. However, we urge members of the hydrology community to find other creative ways to put Black, People of Colour, and other underrepresented voices first.
  • Reflect on the diversity of your colleagues, collaborators, syllabi, and reading lists. Ask yourself, “Are most of my contacts from one or two research groups or regions? Am I covering the work of underrepresented researchers and hydrologists in my classes? Am I only reading articles and journals from certain countries?” With these questions we can start to be considerate of the barriers that face our colleagues – such as, the high costs of attending an annual European Geophysical Union (EGU) or American Geophysical Union (AGU) event for those in other geographical regions. 
  • Reflect on how you review articles. Ask, “Do I hold more preference to articles coming from certain regions or universities?” We suggest keeping your biases in mind when peer reviewing articles and ensuring your criticism is constructive.
  • Celebrate Role Models. A recent study found that the sense of belonging of Black women in science, technology, engineering and math training programs depended on whether they had role models who shared their racial identity [6]. With regard to celebrating role models, award nominations are upon us. Every EGU member can nominate a fellow hydrologist for an EGU award. The deadline for 2021 nominations is the 30th of June 2020. This is your opportunity to honour scientific achievements, particularly achievements by Black hydrologists and other Hydrologists of Color. We encourage that award committees undergo diversity, equity, and inclusion training to reduce the negative impacts of their unconscious bias and survivor bias when selecting awardees.
  • Hold Leadership Accountable. Remember that while the news coverage may die down, the challenges faced by Black people will not. Press your mentors, advisors, and leaders in the community to be aware of their cognitive biases and hold them accountable to enact change. Don’t start from scratch without input from marginalized communities. Black and underrepresented communities have already given suggestions for individuals and organizations. For example, see A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color: Listen, Act, Lead and a Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for The Geosciences 

Artwork by Danielle Coke (Personal Site:, Instagram:, Twitter:

Contribution by Lina Stein, Sheila Saia, Caitlyn Hall, Andrea Popp, Harsh Beria, Sina Khatami, Nilay Dogulu, Hannes Müller-Thomy, and the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) team


[1] Goldberg, Emma, 2019. Earth Science Has a Whiteness Problem, The New York Times

[2] Dutt, Kuheli, 2020. Race and racism in the geosciences, Nature Geoscience, 13(1), pp.2-3. 

[3] Williams, Paulette; Bath, Sukhi; Arday, Jason; Lewis, Chantelle, 2019. The Broken Pipeline – Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding

[4] Hill, Steven; Turner, Nicola, 2019. Access and success for black, Asian and minority ethnicity groups in postgraduate research study

[5] Population of England and Wales – GOV.UK Ethnicity facts and figures[6] Johnson, India R; Pietri, Evava S.; Fullilove, Felicia, 2019. Exploring Identity-Safety Cues and Allyship Amoung Black Women Students in STEM Environments, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43(2):131-150.

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AI for Operational Hydrology / Call for Challenges

As part of the upcoming the Open Seventeen (O17, challenge, WMO HydroHub (the Global Hydrometry Support Facility of the World Meteorological Organization) is looking for the Hydrology Community to define challenges around the topic of “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Operational Hydrology” to which students and early career scientists can submit solutions.

O17 is a challenge-based, online interactive coaching programme to help young global innovators connect and shape good ideas into viable social innovations projects for achieving the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development at local, regional or global level.  O17 supports projects that enable grassroots public participation and citizen science through the use of open data and crowdsourcing.

There are two open calls per year in which 6-8 challenges are formulated by experts from UN agencies, International Organizations and NGOs, targeting one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students and young scientists from all over the world are then asked to submit project proposals to solve these challenges. Selected candidates receive six weeks of mentoring to implement their projects under the guidance of the expert who defined the challenge. The most promising projects are further supported for their development, including internships and scholarships. The theme of the previous challenge was “Tackling plastic pollution”. The next theme is “Artificial Intelligence for the SDGs” and the WMO HydroHub has been given the chance to formulate challenges.

The proposed challenges should answer the question: “Is there one particular challenge in operational hydrology that you think should be studied or resolved by means of AI?”

If you are interested to mentor a group of AI innovators that work on your topic, propose a challenge from your work context or expertise. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 6 January 2020. The best project teams will be invited to present their results at the AI for Good Global Summit, 4-8 May 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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IAHS in Montréal, Canada – ECS events at IUGG 2019

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Nilay Dogulu, Joris Eekhout, Svenja Fischer, Giovanny Mosquera, Michelle Newcomer, Jean Namugize.

Time flies by! Do you remember the last IAHS Scientific Assembly in 2017? It was July in South Africa’s lovely coastal city Port Elizabeth. Researchers all around the world gathered to share their work and discuss hydrology together. There were quite many interesting sessions, including those aimed at early career scientists. You can read this post by Tim and Nilay in YHS –Streams of Thought– Blog to refresh your memories of IAHS 2017, and download presentations from the ECS events. Please note that July 2017 marked a milestone in IAHS history since it was during the Bureau meetings held in Port Elizabeth that IAHS launched its Early Career Committee initiative. 

Two years later, hydrologists all around the world met in beautiful Montréal, Canada for the next IAHS conference organized as part of the 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly (IUGG 2019, 8-18 July 2019), including the five members of IAHS ECC (Joris, Svenja, Giova, Michelle, Jean and Nilay). We have been regularly meeting online since Nov 2018, yet we met in person for the first time in Montréal! (Note: The first IAHS ECC mandate officially came into force from July 2019  and will run until July 2021 when the next ECC will take over at the IAHS Scientific Assembly in Montpellier, France.)

The week of 9-14 July was full of IAHS sessions and activities. The programme included 29 scientific sessions and 5 joint symposia led by IAHS (and co-organized with other IUGG associations). There were, in total, 4000+ participants from more than 100 countries. We were not so much affected by the high summer temperatures in Québec – rooms of the conference venue were cold enough to keep our attention strong. If you couldn’t attend the IAHS conference, don’t worry. You can get a glimpse of the week thanks to live feed in the HEPEX Blog by Marie-Amélie Boucher and Maria-Helena Ramos.

The Early Career Committee complemented the IAHS scientific program with 5 workshops. Read on for a summary of each workshop, and some highlights from IAHS events. There are also tweets and photos!:)

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The first ever Early Career Day of IAHS ICSH in Nanjing, China

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Svenja Fischer.

For the first time in history of the International Commission of Statistical Hydrology (ICSH, former STAHY) of the International Association of Hydrological sciences, the annual conference was started with one day dedicated to the early career scientists only. At the beautiful campus at Hohai University in Nanjing, China the local organizing committee of STAHY 2019, Prof. Yuanfang Chen and Prof. Binquan Li, together with the Early Career Committee Representative of ICSH, Svenja Fischer, invited well-known statistical hydrologists to give insights in the challenges of statistical hydrology. 28 participants from 8 different countries listened to two excellent talks and actively contributed to the following Q&A session. Continue reading

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Hallway Conversations – Francesca Pianosi (October 2019)

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Wouter Knoben (WK)pianosi

Francesca Pianosi is a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. She currently holds a prestigious Early Career EPSRC “Living with Environmental Change” Fellowship and was awarded the EGU Arne Richter award for Outstanding Young Scientists in 2015. Her research focuses around uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, and water resources management. She is the lead developer of the SAFE Global Sensitivity Analysis toolbox (Matlab/R/Python:

WK: Can you tell us a little about your background, your formal education?

I did an MSc in Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Milano and stayed there to do a PhD in Informatics Engineering. This is essentially the engineering version of computer science. The department had people working on a wide variety of topics but I was part of a small group inside it that applied mathematical theory to environmental problems (my PhD project focused on water resources modelling). There were three professors there working on atmospheric systems, population dynamics and water systems respectively, so we used to say “Air, Animals and Water are covered” (we missed Earth!). On the one hand it was very nice to be part of such a varied department, because I got exposed to many different topics and that is good for building confidence. On the other hand, I would sometimes end up in seminars about stabilizing space rockets during landing, which was not really directly useful for my work!

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Hallway Conversations – Serena Ceola (September 2019)

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Sina Khatami (SK)

BZ7T3427_EGU_Foto_Pfluegl_190410_SCSerena Ceola is a senior assistant professor at University of Bologna, Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering. At EGU 2019 General Assembly, Serena received the Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award of Hydrological Sciences Division for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of the interplay of river dynamics, fluvial ecology and human activities (link).

SK: Can you tell us a little about your background and education?

I was born in Padova, Italy, and studied environmental engineering at the University of Padova, from which I obtained a master’s degree in 2009. Since my bachelor’s studies, I was fascinated by hydrology: both my bachelor’s and master’s theses dealt with the availability of river discharge. Then, in 2009 I moved to Lausanne in Switzerland and I continued my studies with a PhD at the Laboratory of Ecohydrology of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). My PhD thesis focused on the implications of river discharge availability on river ecosystems (namely algae and macroinvertebrates). Since 2013, I have been based at the University of Bologna, Italy, and currently as an assistant professor. Now my main research project focuses on the relationship between river discharge availability and human activities, both at local and global scales.

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Hallway Conversations – Martyn Clark (August 2019)

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Sina Khatami (SK)

Martyn on the summit of Ha Ling Peak, Alberta, Canada

Martyn is a Professor of Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, Associate Director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Hydrology and the Canmore Coldwater Laboratory, Editor-in-Chief of Water Resources Research, and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Martyn’s research focuses in three main areas: (i) the developing and evaluating process-based hydrologic models; (ii) understanding the sensitivity of water resources to climate variability and change; and (iii) developing the next generation streamflow forecasting systems. Martyn has authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles since receiving his PhD in 1998.

I was in Vienna for EGU 2019 that I realized that Martyn Clark (MC) is also coming. I decided to ask him for an interview, and so I sent him an email. As thrilling as the opportunity for me was, I got anxious. I was thinking in my head to be professional, ask him good questions, don’t embarrass myself, not to waste his time, etc. Not to mention that an interview with a smart and intelligent scientist can be quite intimidating as well.  Martyn accepted my interview request cheerfully. As we were chatting over email to set the date and venue to meet, my anxiety morphed into comfort and further excitement. We set the meeting details, and his final email to me was “Cool bananas.. see you soon.

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YESS-YHS-APECS-AGU-WCRP Joint Early Career Researcher workshop

Water Cycle in a 1.5°C warmer world: interdisciplinary approaches

AGU Fall Meeting 2019 –  December 7, 2019
Afternoon (Tentative timeslot: 1-5 PM)

Co-organised by: YESS-APECS-YHS
Supported by: WCRP & AGU 

The joint early career researchers (ECR) workshop “Water Cycle in a 1.5°C warmer world: interdisciplinary approaches’’ aims to bring together students and early career researchers to discuss 1) a joint perspective on the water cycle and governance under climate change, from the fundamental processes to societal impacts, 2) to identify how the science of the upcoming generation of researchers can be integrated in the current WCRP Grand challenges and the new WCRP Strategy, and 3) to explore how the various early career researchers networks can work in a more integrative manner, benefit from each other, and improve their communications channels.

The call for applications is open now, apply here. 

Special emphasis will be put on proposing an ECR’s roadmap to address future of research on water related research in the context of climate change in an interdisciplinary manner. The workshop will serve to identify research topics in which ECRs could contribute to the current and future climate research while exerting their career paths in Earth system science, promoting inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches.

This workshop is jointly organized by the Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS), the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS); and is open to all networks of young scientists that have relevant research interest to the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Few things to note:

  • The workshop will be conducted in English, and all participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language.
  • All selected participants shall attend the AGU Fall Meeting 2019.
  • Limited travel funding may be available, depending on need. Please indicate your needs in the application form.


  • Workshop application close: 7 September 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 25 September 2019

More information can be found on the WCRP website

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Hallway Conversations – Grey Nearing

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Sina Khatami.

20180403_headshots_17Asst/Prof. Grey Nearing is a hydrologist at the Department of Geological Sciences at
The University of Alabama (UA). Prior to joining UA, he has worked as Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Researchand, and Research Scientist at the NASA Hydrologic Sciences Lab. I’ve enjoyed an ongoing dialectical debate with Grey, intense yet delightful, on the philosophy of science particularly hydrological uncertainty. It’s been a pleasure to interview Grey.

Can you tell us a little about your background and education?
I studied Math in undergraduate because I felt that this would keep my options open in terms of future career paths. I went into the Environmental Sciences mostly because this is where I found a graduate assistantship (through the US Department of Agriculture). I chose my PhD adviser because I enjoyed reading his papers. Continue reading

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IAHS Workshops at IUGG 2019 in Montréal

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly 2019 (IUGG 2019) is organized in Montréal, Québec, Canada between July 8-19, 2019. The sessions within scientific program of IAHS can be seen in this here. The full IUGG 2019 searchable scientific program is available and can be accessed through this link.

IAHS Early Career Committee complements the IAHS scientific program with 5 workshops. Although these workshops are organized by and for Early Career Scientists, they are open to everyone. Don’t forget to add them in your schedule! Please note that a pre-registration is not necessary. The workshops will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis. The descriptions of the workshops are available at the end of this post.

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Research “Hylight”: Evaluating model performance: towards a non-parametric variant of the Kling-Gupta efficiency by Pool, Vis & Seibert (2018)

Sandra_PoolLast year, Sandra Pool and colleagues published a technical paper in Hydrological Sciences Journal that proposing a modification of the Kling-Gupta efficiency towards a non-parametric metric. We thought it was an interesting choice of topic and went to ask her a few questions about the paper.

Where are you from, where are you based, and what are you working on now?
I’m from Switzerland and work at EAWAG, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology as a post-doc. I completed my PhD studies at the University of Zurich, in the Hydrology and Climate group with Jan Seibert as my main supervisor. The main focus during my PhD was on the value of data for hydrological modelling, which includes model evaluation criteria. I’m currently researching the effect of irrigation modernization on groundwater recharge: plot scale studies have shown that drip irrigation is more water-efficient than flood irrigation, but at the catchment scale this effect is less clear. I’m trying to understand why we get different results at different spatial scales. Continue reading

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Early Career Day at STAHY 2019 and abstract submission

by Svenja Fischer

We are pleased to announce that the abstract submission is now open for the next STAHY International Workshop (STAHY 2019) to be held in Nanjing, China between 19-20 October 2019. The workshop is organized by the International Commission on Statistical Hydrology (ICSH) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), in cooperation with the Hohai University.

Important deadlines:

  • Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: July 15, 2019
  • Early bird registration: August 15, 2019

Please also have a look at the Early Career Day at October 18, where talks are given by András Bárdossy and Salvatore Grimaldi on “how to write a statistical paper” and “how to communicate statistics”. The talks will be followed by an open discussion. You can register for this event at All the other information are available on the website

About the author:
Svenja Fischer ( is a Post-Doc at the Ruhr-University Bochum working on flood statistics and Early Career Committee Representative for the IAHS (@IAHS_AISH)  International Commission on Statistical Hydrology.

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An Introduction to Preprints for Early Career Hydrologists

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Sheila M. Saia (Twitter: @sheilasaia)

Growing calls for open and reproducible research across science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines have advanced the conversation around preprints (e.g., Schloss, 2017; Narock et al., 2019). Early Career Hydrologists may benefit from considering and discussing the role of preprints in shaping scientific discovery and career trajectories. Here we introduce preprints, offering Early Career Hydrologists with a variety of thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of using preprints in research workflows, and providing tips and resources for learning more. If we missed an aspect of the preprint discussion that you feel passionate about or still have questions about, please feel free to reach out to Sheila (@sheilasaia) and the Young Hydrology Society (YHS; @YoungHydrology) on Twitter.

What is a preprint?

A preprint refers to a research product (typically a research article) that is made publicly available before or at the same time it goes to peer review. A preprint server refers to an open access website where authors can submit and manage versions of their preprints.

Some preprint servers such as European Geophysical Union (EGU) sponsored Hydrology and Earth Systems Science (HESS) Discussions ( is affiliated with EGU’s HESS journal. Additionally, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) sponsored Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr) preprint server is associated with AGU-affiliated journals. These journal-supported preprint servers offer a convenient publishing pipeline should the author’s work be accepted after peer review. Continue reading

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Advice on how to write a paper (EGU 2019)

This year’s panel on the series “How to Write (and Publish) a Paper in Hydrology” consisted of Christine Stumpp (BOKU Vienna) and Thorsten Wagener (University of Bristol). During the session they shared some of their personal insight on the paper writing process.

Here are some of the advices they kindly shared:

Christine Stumpp approached the paper writing process by introducing three stages (i.e. pre-writing, writing, and publishing). Each of these stages were broken down into different components with their particular points that require attention. Continue reading

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Hallway Conversations – Thorsten Wagener

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Wouter Knoben (WK)

Prof. Thorsten Wagener is a hydrologist, currently head of the Water and Environmental Engineering research group at the University of Bristol, UK. He has received various prestigious awards and was recently a Humboldt fellow at the University of Potsdam. I had the pleasure of interviewing Thorsten in his office, where we spent a good hour and half going over his experiences.


WK: Can you tell us a bit about your background and formal education? How were you in school?

I studied Civil Engineering in Siegen (BSc), Delft (MSc), and finally Imperial College London (PhD), but I never really wanted to be a civil engineer when I was in high school. My dream was to become an architect. Unfortunately, I only did the absolute minimum in high school, so my grades where average at best. Entry requirements for architecture were too high for my grades but civil engineering seemed like architecture, and at least I could get into that degree. I had never heard of hydrology then, and programs like the hydrology course in Freiburg (which produced many excellent hydrologists like Jan Seibert, Markus Weiler, Kerstin Stahl, Doerthe Tetzlaff…) would never have taken me anyway due to their entrance requirements. I was also quite bad at computer programming at the time. In fact, I did so poorly during a test that I ended up with a negative score (points were subtracted for mistakes from an initial score of 100) and only got a passing grade if I promised not to take the course the following year. Quite funny really, because now all I do is use computers.

WK: So, what did inspire you to pursue in hydrology then?

During my undergraduate degree in Siegen, I had a professor who worked in Africa and the Middle East. This was quite practical work, and he offered his students final year projects in Ethiopia. That seemed an exciting idea, so I spent 5 months there. I really liked the idea of combining engineering with helping people, so I abandoned my idea to switch from civil engineering to architecture. Instead, at the end of my undergrad degree, I went to Delft for a Master’s in Civil Engineering with a strong focus on hydrology.

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Integration of Early Warning Systems and Young Professionals

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Nilay Dogulu, Lydia Cumiskey & Erika Roxana Meléndez Landaverde

This is a cross-post with the HEPEX Blog.

Early warning systems (EWSs) help society to prepare for, and respond to, all types of disasters, including those related to hydrometeorological hazards. The recent floods in Mozambique has clearly showed that EWSs are inevitable part of disaster risk management as they can save lives and minimize potential economic and environmental damages. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 specifically emphasizes the need to “substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster-risk information and assessments to the people by 2030.”

The fundamentally central aspect to efficient and sustainable improvements for EWS concerns integration. As highlighted by the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) recent Governance Reform, a shift towards more integrated earth systems approach connecting fields such as hydrology, meteorology and climatology is key to delivering multi-hazard and impact-based services through EWSs that are people-centred (i.e. community based).

What role can young professionals play?

While the complexities and challenges are many, young professionals can play a role in the design and implementation of integrated multi-hazard and impact-based EWSs.

The Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) team of the Water Youth Network has recently initiated a network called Early Warning Systems Young Professionals Network with the purpose of connecting young professionals working on EWSs from various disciplines of science, policy and practice in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It is currently focused on water-related hazards. Members are under the age of 35 or within their first seven years of employment. The specific aims of the network are: Continue reading

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Hydroinformatics for hydrology: uncertainty analysis

In April 2019, European Geosciences Union GA hosted the “Hydroinformatics for hydrology” short course (SC) for the fifth time in a row! This year, early career hydrologists in Vienna took the opportunity to learn about uncertainty (and sensitivity) analysis — one of the overarching themes of hydrology research — in early hours of a beautiful sunny day. This year we had the pleasure to have Dr. Francesca Pianosi of the University of Bristol. We would like to thank Francesca Pianosi for sharing her extensive insights and experience.

08:30 in the morning of Wednesday and the room was packed to listen Francesca Pianosi’s lecture!

The lecture slides can be downloaded from this link. Please note that, in the last slide, you can see a list of papers (all open access) that complement the lecture content, including one paper by Noacco et al. where workflow scripts to implement and test various approaches using the SAFE toolbox (in Matlab and R) are available.

If you are planning to attend EGU 2020 (3–8 May 2020, Vienna), you are kindly invited to share your wish on which topic to see for the next edition of “Hydroinformatics for hydrology” SC.

See also the posts from previous  “Hydroinformatics for hydrology” EGU SC:

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EGU is a bit like a music festival: first time experience of an ECS in hydrology

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Dimitri Rambourg.

This is a cross-post with the EGU Hydrological Sciences Division Blog.

EGU is a bit like a music festival. Maybe not as crowded as the Donauinselfest, but you’ll definitively experience some of this type of event classic features: dilly-dallying a lot about what to see next, losing your friends and setting up more or less detailed meeting points, buying overpriced food and beverages. And if in the right place at the right time, you might even see some actual “rock stars”!

Me and my Mentor!

EGU is a lot of people and a lot of contents squeezed into one week! Now it can be quite unsettling for newcomers, but here’s some points to demystify the beast.

Despite the ants-like flow in the hallways, EGU recovers human dimensions during each oral session, with an average attendance of about 40 people for what I could experience. It’s something to have in mind when getting nervous about your own scheduled presentation if there’s any.

Half of people is like you, meaning young scientists, eager to share and help each other. And fortunately, the other half is just the same, with more experience and possibly less hair that’s all. Communicating is very easy at EGU, with all kind of researchers (age-wise, country-wise, topic-wise). That’s probably the main purpose of it and the main reason you should come.

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Early career scientists conquer new frontiers: an H3S conversation

Originally posted by CUAHSI.

CUAHSI Universities Allied for Water Research

For the month of April, H3S, AGU’s Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee, will be taking over CUAHSI’s Cyberseminar series. Each of the four seminars will showcase talks by four early career scientists studying some of the most pressing issues around hydrology and beyond, including 1) Coastal Dynamics in a Changing World, 2) Rivers and Lakes Under Changing Climates, 3) Water Resources and Management, and 4) Water Pollution and Quality. Scientists will give short presentations on the week’s theme followed by a brief Q&A.

All talks take place on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. ET. More information here. For questions, email Caitlyn Hall at

Dates, Speakers, and Topics:

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YHS at #EGU19 | Plan your week!

Less than a month left for the EGU General Assembly 2019 (EGU 2019, 7 – 12 April), we are delighted to announce the events and activities (co-)organized by YHS! We also include EGU events focused on ECS and poetry & art. Don’t forget to put them in your personal conference schedule 🙂

Links to sessions

You are kindly invited to joins us in these short courses,  PICOs, etc. If you have any questions about specific sessions / events, don’t hesitate to contact YHS or the conveners.

More information on Hydrodrinks will be available during the EGU week! Follow YHS on Twitter (@YoungHydrology) and Facebook!

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EGU Early Career Scientist Rep for Hydrological Sciences (2019-2021): applications open

Please find details and how to apply here. Please see the EGU ECS page for eligibility.

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STAHY 2019

by Svenja Fischer

The tenth edition of the STAHY International Workshop, STAHY 2019, is organized by the International Commission on Statistical Hydrology (ICSH) of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), in cooperation with the Hohai University. It will be held in Nanjing, China betweeb 19-20 October 2019 at the College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University. The potential participants could submit 1-page abstract through the IAHS-Copernicus Abstract Management System (will open soon).

STAHY 2019, similarly to previous editions (STAHY 2018 in Adelaide, South Australia & STAHY 2017 in Warsaw, Poland), will focus on statistical methods for hydrological applications. The topics range from big data to extremes and climate change but also prediction and uncertainty. This diversity makes this conference so interesting. I participated in this conference twice and I can highly recommend the participation.

Due to the small community with about 100 people, the conference is very familiar and one gets in touch with the other researchers easily. It has been a great opportunity for me as an early career scientist to talk to experts about my research. On the day before this workshop (Oct 18, 2019), also an Early Career Course will be held as well as a short reception for the early career members. Further information can be found at:

I hope to see many of you at the STAHY 2019!

About the author:
Svenja Fischer ( is a Post-Doc at the Ruhr-University Bochum working on flood statistics and Early Career Committee Representative for the IAHS (@IAHS_AISH)  International Commission on Statistical Hydrology.

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Hydrology + Vienna = EGU 2019

EGU 2019 – Call for ABSTRACTS
Abstract submission deadline: Jan 10, 2019 (13:00, CET)
Financial support application deadline: Dec 1, 2018

As we are getting closer to say goodbye to 2018, the next European Geosciences Union General Assembly is seen on the horizon. Since 2005, Vienna has been the most popular destination during lovely spring time for many hydrologists all over Europe (and all around the world, one can say looking at the statistics from EGU 2018). There is no doubt that the EGU GA 2019 (7–12 April 2019) will be no exception considering the highly rich programme of the Hydrological Sciences (HS) Division (>120 HS-led sessions) for EGU 2019! The sessions can be browsed by selecting “Hydrological Sciences” in the programme groups. You can submit abstracts until the deadline 10 January 2019, Monday (13:00 CET).  The call for abstracts can be read here.

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Broader Impacts Can Bring Hydrological Processes to Life

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by  John Van Stan & Jan Friesen.

Writing my first full science proposal in a new tenure-track position was challenging but, honestly, most sections flowed smoothly from my fingertips. The motivation, background, research approach, hypotheses, methods, and even project and data management plans fit snuggly together beneath the overarching question: Will forests interact differently with rainfall along a natural-to-urban continuum? Then, confidently, I wrote “Broader Impacts” in bold, sipped my single-origin third-wave coffee, and stared blankly at the blinking text cursor. Every other blink interrupted my stream-of-thought until, after mere minutes, the cursor had elevated itself from nuisance to arch-nemesis. It became clear that each blink was a taunt as it shed its disguising vowel for a more rancorous one, becoming the villainous “Curser.” Unluckily, I knew this villain all too well. I also knew that I had to act fast, before the Curser’s mocking winks dissolved my thoughts to mush! With astonishing rapidity, my fingers fluttered out several sentences, forcing the Curser to retreat down the page. There it sat, one line below my newest paragraph, derisively staring at this anemic assembly of platitudinous promises. Like a bot trained by reading innumerable “Broader Impacts” sections, I had spewed out some vanilla text pudding that blandly promised to “present and publish findings,” “integrate work into my courses,” “extend current scientific theory,” and so on …list abbreviated as to not bore the reader any more than was necessary. I locked an unflinchingly open stare with the Curser’s unflinchingly blinking slash. It was clear: The battle for unique broader impacts had begun! Continue reading

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YHS Collection on “Unexpected Results in Hydrology”

by Caitlyn A. Hall, Andrea Popp, Hannes Müller, and Tim van Emmerik

Understanding and learning from unexpected results is a fundamental element of science. Different names exist for these results, e.g., failures, obstacles, or unexpected results. Although all of these names sound unexpected, they are important for the understanding of processes, developing and testing of theories, and identifying pitfalls and possible dead-ends in science.

By carefully designing and conducting experiments with some level of trial-and-error, researchers eventually find results that will be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Paradoxically, we typically only publish the successful tests and their results. What comes of the weeks to months of critical information that led to this successful experiment? It usually remains in the dark. However, not sharing unsuccessful iterations or unexpected results — defined here as experiments that do not adequately confirm an accepted hypothesis, despite sound and careful experimental design, planning, and execution — along the way prevents others to learn from these endeavors (Nature Editorial, 2017).

In the past, many philosophers, including Popper (1963) and Chalmers (1973), have emphasized that science can only advance by learning from mistakes. Moreover, recent literature in various fields elaborate on the many benefits and values of publishing unexpected results and call upon the scientific community to nurture their dissemination (e.g., Andréassian, et al., 2010; Schooler, 2011; Matosin et al., 2014; Granqvist, 2015; Goodchild van Hinten, 2015; Boorman, et al., 2015; PLOS collections; 2015, 2017; Nature Editorial, 2017). Despite the various calls to report such results and the frequency they occur in the labspace, they are still underrepresented in most fields of our current publication system. The reasons can be manifold such as, a lack of incentive (no scientific reward) or the fear of a negative reputational impact.

So, why should you report your failed approaches and unexpected findings?

By reporting on unexpected findings, we can do the following:

  • Decrease the currently existing publication bias towards positive results
  • Save time and resources of other scientists exploring same/similar hypotheses and/or approaches
  • Increase transparency and reproducibility of our studies
  • Share all findings of publicly funded projects

How and where can you share your unexpected findings?

You can share your unexpected results at:

  • Special journal issues
  • Dedicated sessions at conferences
  • Platforms (e.g., Researchgate)
  • Supplementary material of your paper
  • Blog posts

We aim to stimulate this discussion via the new Young Hydrologic Society collection “Unexpected Results in Hydrology”. We want to instill a positive perception to change the way in which the scientific hydrologic community value unexpected and negative results including individual researchers, scientific societies, funding agencies, and publishers. Therefore, we invite researchers to report their negative and unexpected results, such that we are able to holistically advance science – by sharing our failures, not only our successes.

Reporting on such findings should include the following components in a maximum of 3,000 words: 1) an original research objective and expected results, 2) a brief summary of experimental design and methods, 3) discussion on the experimental results and challenges, including images and/or figures, and possibly 4) lessons learned and the path forward.

After a peer-review done by the editors of this collection, the post will get a DOI and will be visible on the YHS website and on a dedicated ResearchGate project site. On ResearchGate we invite discussions on published submissions such that the authors can receive feedback to facilitate new insights from the scientific community. Upon enhancing their previous analysis or coming to new conclusions, we welcome resubmissions by the original authors.

Andréassian, V., Perrin, C., Parent, E. and Bárdossy, A. (2010). Editorial – The Court of Miracles of Hydrology: can failure stories contribute to hydrological science? Hydrol. Sci. J. 55(6), 849–856.
Boorman, G.A., Foster, J.R., Laast, V.A. and Francke, S. (2015). Regulatory Forum Opinion Piece: The Value of Publishing Negative Scientific Study Data, Toxicol Pathol, 43(7), 901-906. doi: 10.1177/0192623315595884
Chalmers, A.F. (1973). On Learning from Our Mistakes, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (Oxford University Press) 24(2), 164-173.
Goodchild van Hilten, L. (2015).Why it’s time to publish research “failures”-Publishing bias favors positive results; now there’s a movement to change that. Elsevier Connect.
Granqvist, E. (2015). Why science needs to publish negative results. Elsevier Connect
Matosin, N., E. Frank , M. Engel, J.S. Lum, and Newell, K.A. (2014). Negativity towards negative results: a discussion of the disconnect between scientific worth and scientific culture. Disease Models and Mechanisms. 7(2): 171–173. doi: 10.1242/dmm.015123
Nature Editorial (2017). Nurture negatives, Nature 551, 414, doi: 10.1038/d41586-017-07325-2
PLOS Collections (2015). Positively Negative: A New PLOS ONE Collection focusing on Negative, Null and Inconclusive Results, PLOS ONE Community Blog
PLOS Collections (2017). Negative Results: A Crucial Piece of the Scientific Puzzle, PLOS ONE Community Blog
Popper, K. (1963). Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge, Routledge Classics, London and New York
Schooler, J. (2011). Unpublished results hide the decline effect, Nature 470, 437, doi:10.1038/470437a
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Call for Applicants — IAHS Early Career Committee

Early Career scientists make up a significant amount of our community, creating an opportunity to include a new generation of hydrologists as active contributors to IAHS. Early Career scientist involvement in geoscientific organizations has rapidly increased over recent years. Organizations such as the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) have adopted Early Career representation in committees, board and executive committees.

During its Bureau Meeting in July 2017 (held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa following the IAHS Scientific Assembly 2017), IAHS decided to strengthen its Early Career scientist representation to enable more active participation of those members within IAHS Commissions and Working Groups. To achieve this goal, in line with the proposal submitted by Tim van Emmerik and Nilay Dogulu—and approved by the Bureau members—IAHS will establish an Early Career Committee (ECC) consisting of the Early Career Representative of each IAHS Commission plus a chair and co-chair. The IAHS definition of Early Career embraces scientists up to 5 years after completion of the PhD (allowing for an extra year per child for parents if they took parental leave).

IAHS Early Career Committee (ECC) structure

The ECC is aimed at representing the Early Career membership of the IAHS at the highest level, and within each Commission. ECC members are dedicated to fostering dialogue between Early Career members, and between current and future generations of hydrologists. The ECC chair will be appointed by the IAHS Bureau and will join the IAHS Bureau meetings as an observer. The chair will be encouraged to also be an active member of the Young Hydrologic Society to assure strong connections with other Early Career initiatives in the hydrological community.

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Towards Regional Information to Improve Our Understanding on Weather, Water, and Climate Extreme Events

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by  Caroline Aubry-Wake, Gaby Langendijk, Marisol Osman, Carla Gulizia.

On May 3-5, 40 early careers researchers from 23 different countries grouped together for an in-depth interdisciplinary discussion on generating regional information to improve our understanding of weather, water and climate extreme events. This workshop, organized jointly by the Young Earth System Scientist (YESS) and the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS), took place prior to the 2018 GEWEX Open Science Conference (OSC). The goal of the workshop was to develop a shared ECR vision on challenges and ways forward to enhance the generation of usable regional information for water, weather and climate extremes, and the utility of that information for users, decision makers and other stakeholders. During the three days, the discussions centered on three topics: data sources (conventional and unconventional), scale-interactions and user needs.

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Some tips on how to write a paper (EGU 2018)

The following points summarize some tips that were provided during the short course ‘How to write (and publish) a scientific paper in Hydrology’ held at the 2018 EGU General Assembly in Vienna. The tips are based on the input from the expert panel consisting of Hannah Cloke (University of Reading), Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Uppsala University), Ciaran Harman (Johns Hopkins University) and Margaret Shanafield (Flinders University).

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Hydroinformatics for hydrology: extreme value modelling

At the EGU General Assembly 2018 in Vienna, “Hydroinformatics for hydrology” short course (SC) was run for the fourth time. The previous themes of the SC were data-driven and hybrid techniques, data assimilation, and geostatistical modelling. And this year the focus was extreme value modelling. Participants of the SC were given a state-of-the-science overview of different aspects in extreme value analysis along with relevant case studies. Available R functions for extreme value analysis were also introduced. Thanks to Hugo’s excellent lecture, we now know common issues and pitfalls in using extreme value models (i.e. modelling choices and assumptions). We would like to thank Dr. Hugo Winter from EDF Energy for delivering the lecture. You can find his lecture slides (and exercises) here:


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Research “Hylight”: Social and structural patterns of drought-related water conservation and rebound by Gonzales & Ajami (2017)

By Natasha Krell

DSC07105.JPGIn December 2017, Patricia Gonzalez and her colleagues published a paper on a novel water demand system dynamics model that integrates social and structural drivers of water conservation in WRR. We asked her a couple of questions.

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Less than three weeks left for the EGU General Assembly 2018 (EGU 2018, 8 – 13 April), we are delighted to announce the events and activities (co-)organized by YHS! Don’t forget to put them in your personal conference schedule 🙂

Links to sessions

You are kindly invited to joins us in these short courses,  PICOs, etc. If you have any questions about specific sessions / events, don’t hesitate to contact YHS or the conveners.

More information on Hydrodrinks will be available during the EGU week! Follow YHS on Twitter (@YoungHydrology) and Facebook!

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Hallway Conversations – Johannes Cullmann

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Nilay Dogulu.


Johannes Cullmann [Photo source: WMO]

Dr. Johannes Cullmann is a hydrologist, currently acting as the Director of the Climate and Water Department (CLW) at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). His scientific background is flood forecasting, and has vast working experience in hydrology practice in the international context. Johannes Cullmann is also the Head of the CLW’s Hydrology and Water Resources (HWR) Branch where I worked as a consultant last summer. I had the pleasure to interview him briefly in his office at the WMO Secretariat (Geneva, Switzerland) despite his tight schedule and being often on missions.
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Joint YESS-YHS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop 2018 at GEWEX Conference, Canada


Join us and @YESSCommunity in Canada May 2018 for the ECR workshop: ‘Towards Regional Information to Improve Our Understanding on Weather, Water and Climate Extreme Events’ prior to @GEWEX_WCRP Conference: EXTREMES AND WATER ON THE EDGE! See website for more details on how to apply and for availability of (limited) travel funding etc. here.

DEADLINE: 18th December


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10 guidelines for an awesome poster

A “Streams of Thought” contribution by Andrea Popp.

A scientific poster is a communication tool explaining your work and encouraging conversation with colleagues. However, making a good poster is not easy. The following list provides ten guidelines for an awesome poster to help you to communicate your work more efficiently. You also find insider tips from recent EGU and AGU Outstanding Student Poster Award winners (Skuyler Herzog, Ingo Heidbüchel, and Michael Stölzle) and some great advice from the EGU Hydrology OSPP coordinators Luisa Hopp and Julian Klaus.

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EGU Elections: Meet the candidates

This month is all about the EGU elections. Until November 30, you as EGU member can vote for important functions, such as the EGU President and EGU Division Presidents. During these elections we can also vote for our new EGU Hydrology Division President. We decided to conduct a short interview with the two candidates: Thom Bogaard and Maria-Helena Ramos.

Our voting advise: Go Vote!

Check our email for your voting ballot.

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EGU 2018: Call for abstracts & YHS events

EGU 2018 – Call for Abstracts
Abstract submission deadline: Jan 10, 2018
Financial support application deadline: Dec 1, 2017

The next European Geosciences Union General Assembly will take place between 8–13 April 2018 in Vienna, Austria.  Don’t forget to submit your abstract to the conference by 10 January 2018.

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The Future of YHS

The Young Hydrologic Society has evolved within the last five years into an active platform for early career scientists to engage with the wider hydrological community. A variety of activities and events have helped the YHS in achieving its goals. Looking forward, we aim to build on these accomplishments and continue embracing new ideas and initiatives for connecting hydrologists all around the world. Below we shortly explain what we plan to do in the next five years of YHS:

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Launching the YHS National Reps Initiative

Marius Floriancic & Shaun Harrigan

A core mission of the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) is to better connect early-career hydrologists right from the beginning of their careers. To date this has been done by creating an online platform and organising events at major international conferences, such as the European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysical Union (AGU), and International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) events. The society was started and is maintained by a small core group of people.


Mapping spatial coverage of current YHS National Reps – let’s turn the whole map blue!

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Community advice to young hydrologists

Scott T. Allen and Wouter R. Berghuijs
ETH Zurich (
Published 17 October 2017, Download PDF Version

Early career hydrologists can benefit from the advice of others who are more advanced in their careers. We have solicited short answers from established hydrologists to (one or more of) the following questions:

Q1. What book or paper has been most influential to your career and why?
Q2. If I could only work on one problem in hydrology it would be […], because […]
Q3. What is your golden tip for current early career scientists?
Q4. What (avoidable) mistakes did you make early in your career?
Q5. How can young scientists improve their writing or presentations?

We thank all hydrologists that have been so generous to share their knowledge and took the effort to respond. The advice here reflects a diversity of philosophies that have led to a wide variety of careers. All responses are listed below (in alphabetical order). Enjoy reading!

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Permafrost hydrology: the urgency for understanding in a thawing world

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Matthew Morison.

A little background: recently, the Canadian branch of the Young Hydrologic Society was formally recognized as a committee of the Canadian Geophysical Union Hydrology Section. As an international member of the diverse global YHS community, we are so excited to be apart the next generation of hydrological research and to have new links to so many different regions and countries! In this spirit, this article strives to shed some light on some research which is not uniquely Canadian (in fact, far from it), but remains a large research focus in Canada – permafrost hydrology. 
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3 PhD Opportunities at TU Wien

Fantastic opportunity with three PhD openings at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) focusing on the following topics:

      • Flood historical hydrology and statisticstuwien
      • Flood change attribution
      • Experimental hydrology and modelling

Anyone interested can find more here: Details of PhD Positions at TU Wien

Deadline: 1st March 2017

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Research “Hylight”: Simulating runoff under changing climatic conditions by Fowler et al.


Louise Slater

Last year Keirnan Fowler and colleagues published a paper on recent trends in US flood risk in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper provides an interesting perspective on the ability to model climate change with the current generation of hydrological models and calibration techniques. We decided to ask Keirnan a few questions about himself and the paper.

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Research “Hylight”: Wicked but worth it: student perspectives on socio-hydrology by Levy, Garcia et al.


Morgan Levy


Margaret Garcia

In March 2016 Morgan Levy, Margaret Garcia and 11 other colleagues published an opinion paper in Hydrological Processes. All authors are early career scientists in the emerging field of socio-hydrology, and in their article they share their perspectives on the field they work in. We thought this was quite inspiring, and therefore asked Morgan and Margaret some questions about the why and how of their paper.

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YHS introduces: Research “Hylights”

Over the coming years, YHS Research “Hylights” (lightly presented hydrology highlights) will appear as a series of outstanding papers and posters by early career scientists which will be showcased on the YHS website. Selection criteria are not set in stone, but reasons to select work can include e.g. novelty and relevance of findings, fun of reading, unique collaborations, media coverage and generated controversy. Selected work will be provided with a short layman summary, and a short written or video interview with the (first) author(s). Tips can be sent to younghydrologicsociety(at)gmail(dot)com or t(dot)h(dot)m(dot)vanemmerik(at)tudelft(dot)com. The first “Hylight” was posted today!

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Research “Hylight”: The need for process-based evaluation of large-domain hyper-resolution models by Melsen et al.


Lieke Melsen

Last year, Lieke Melsen and colleagues published an opinion paper in HESS. We (YHS members) thought it was an interesting choice for a PhD student to publish an opinion paper and decided to ask her a few questions about the paper. Continue reading

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Events for Early Career Scientists at the AGU 2016 Fall Meeting

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2016 Fall Meeting (FM) in San Francisco is quickly approaching and there are a number of events that early career scientists (ECSs)–from students to postdocs to junior researchers–will not want to miss. These events are being organized by the Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S) and supported by AGU. For more up-to-date information on times and places for these events, Fall Meeting attendees can follow H3S on Twitter at @AGU_H3S or visit the AGU site:

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“How my water research made the news” at EGU 2017

EGU 2017: Call for abstracts (Submission deadline: Jan 11, 2017)

Media headlines are full of hydrological topics! If you would like to find out more about the links between current „hot topics“ and hydrological research, join our PICO session at EGU2017:

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“Hypothesis testing in Hydrology” at EGU 2017

EGU 2017: Call for abstracts (Submission deadline: Jan 11, 2017, Financial support application deadline: Dec 1, 2016).

We are organizing the PICO session “Hypothesis testing in Hydrology” at the upcoming EGU 2017. What is a PICO? Find out via the following link:

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Early Career events @ WaterNet Gaborone 26 – 28 Oct

Dear (early career) colleagues,
At the upcoming 2016 WaterNet Symposium, the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS), WaterNet Alumni Association and IAHS are organizing two events for early career water professionals. We highly encourage you to attend, and spread the word among your personal network. Although the events specifically aim towards early career water professionals, everyone is of course more than welcome to join!

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New YHS Board

Starting 5 Oct 2016, Nilay Dogulu (chair), Harsh Beria (secretary), and  Wouter Berghuijs (co-chair) will serve on the 2016 – 2017 board of YHS. We thank Tim van Emmerik for all his contributions as a (founding) board member in the past years. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, feel free to share them with the board! Want to get actively involved YHS? Contact us!


Chair: Nilay Dogulu (Middle East Technical University)


Secretary: Harsh Beria (University of Lausanne)


Co-chair: Wouter Berghuijs (University of Bristol)

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