Inspiring Young Scientists to Serve

by Allison Goodwell (AGU H3S member)

Why should a graduate student or early career researcher set aside time to participate in a service-oriented organization? When we finally achieve a delicate balance between research, classes, teaching, and fieldwork, service might seem like a fifth wheel that we lug along on our academic journeys. However, community involvement can be a fundamental component of a successful scientific career rather than this proverbial fifth wheel. Service engagement directly benefits the community, reveals relevant issues for research, and can ultimately lead to more societally impactful science. As part of a broader mission to represent, inform, and support early career scientists in the field of hydrology, the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S) aims to motivate students and young scientists to make service an integral part of their academic experience. We hope to inspire students to serve their communities, help them find service opportunities, and prepare them for effective service.
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Tips and resources for giving a Pop-Up talk (AGU submission deadline Aug 3!)

For the third consecutive year, Pop-Ups are taking place at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting!  Pop-Up talks are brief, informal talks organized by students for the AGU community. The goal of pop-up talks is to open a space for sharing well-articulated ideas in short five minute presentations. Pop-Up talks are popular beyond AGU and take place at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, the Ocean Sciences Meeting, and at the Gilbert Club. Anyone is welcome to give a pop-up talk, from undergraduates to senior scientists, and everyone in between. We encourage non-traditional presentation formats!

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The Mystery of Evaporation

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Shaun Harrigan & Wouter Berghuijs. (PDF Version)

Our job as hydrologists is to understand and predict the water cycle. Historically, prediction of river flow has been at the centre of our attention. This is not surprising: rivers form a crucial resource, shape our environment, cause natural hazards, and are “easy” to observe. In future, study of river flow will obviously remain important. However, in this blog post we argue that shifting focus towards another part of the hydrological cycle can provide significant opportunities. Inspired by the ‘meet the expert in hydrology – the mystery of evaporation’ session held at the 2015 EGU General Assembly in Vienna, we discuss the role of evaporation in hydrological research and how evaporation affects our ability to understand the water cycle (including river flow predictions!). We do this by exploring (a simplified view on) what we know about evaporation, what key limitations exist in evaporation research, and what the implications are for how we currently do our science. To conclude we provide suggestions on how to better consider evaporation in hydrological research. Continue reading

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AGU Hydrology Student Activities in 2016

By Kevin Roche and Evan Kipnis

The Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S) of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) is having a productive year! H3S creates opportunities for hydrology students and early career scientists to connect with one another, interface with established researchers and professionals, and develop career-related skills. In previous years, H3S has championed the organization of student events at the AGU Fall Meeting such as the Student and Early Career Conference and Pop-Up Talks. For 2016, H3S aims to continually improve these events while expanding representation of AGU student membership in the Fall Meeting program. Continue reading

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AGU 2016 Fall Meeting Pop-Up Session Call for Abstracts

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for a Pop-Up session at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2016 Fall Meeting. The Pop-Up sessions provide a platform for students and early career scientists to share their ideas, innovations and visions during 5 minute TED-style presentations. Previous editions have drawn a broad audience from all scientific disciplines and career stages. This year, there are two Pop-Up sessions: Continue reading

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Boussinesq Summer Event

Dear PhD student/Post-Doc/Early career scientist,

You are kindly invited to the ‘Boussinesq Summer Event’ on the 8th of July with the theme: Water and Carbon. The morning consists of 3 presentation within this theme at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. During the afternoon we will organize a field excursion to the Ilperveld research site, which is a scenic peat wetland just north of Amsterdam (short impression of the area: https://vimeo.com/73977109). The program starts at 09:30 AM at the Vrije Universiteit. We will provide lunch and transport to the field site.
The program is free of charge, but we have limited space for 50 persons. Thus, if you are subscribed but decide not to attend after all, please let us know via m.j.e.van.marle@vu.nl

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The International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) General Assembly 2017

In 2017, the IAHS General Assembly will take place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from 9 to 15 July. YHS, in collaboration with the WaterNet Alumni Association, aims to organize several sessions and events during this conference, and for this we are looking for enthusiastic people who want to be actively involved. We are looking for people, preferably from diverse backgrounds, who might attend IAHS 2017. Over the last 3 years, YHS has developed several successful session formats, among which:

  • How to write & review a paper in hydrology: one or two well-known hydrologists are invited to present their tips & tricks about paper writing and reviewing, and how to deal with your supervisors, co-authors and editors. This session includes time for questions and active discussion among the attendees and the speakers.
  • Meet the Expert in hydrology: three well-known hydrologists are invited to discuss their visions on a certain topic. First, all experts will share their visions in short presentations. Then, there is room for questions and extensive further discussion among the attendees and experts. Past editions discussed ‘hydrology in a changing world’, ‘the mystery of evaporation’ and ‘how to work inter/multi/trans-disciplinary’.
  • Pop-Ups: 5 min presentations by early career scientists that strive to go beyond one’s research. This TED-style session provides a platform to share inspiring ideas and new visions.
  • Short courses: several 1-1.5h short courses have been organized with experts from the field. Topics included hydro-informatics and teaching hydrology.
    Besides these sessions, there’s also plenty of room to develop new session formats, or to focus on purely social activities.

If you are interested in organizing a session with us, or have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Best,

Tim van Emmerik (Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands) – t.h.m.vanemmerik@tudelft.nl
Joanna Fatch (University of the Western Cape) – joannafatch@gmail.com

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EGU 2016: How to review a scientific paper in hydrology

Following the previous courses on “How to write a scientific paper in hydrology”, this year we focused on the review process. Three speakers, András Bárdossy (editor in Chief, Journal of Hydrology), Erwin Zehe (chief-executive editor, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences) and Axel Kleidon (chief editor, Earth System Dynamics) first gave their view on the most important aspects of reviewing a scientific paper. They shared their insights from their experiences as editors, reviewers, authors and readers of scientific publications. Plagiarism and splitting studies into “least publishable units” were mentioned as frequent problems of submitted manuscripts. Therefore, the panel highlighted the reviewers’ responsibility to ensure that original scientific work is reported. They stressed the need for a thorough consideration of both the content and the presentation before accepting a publication (e.g. also checking the equations). Concerning writing a review they strongly suggested remaining objective and clearly state why the paper should be accepted / revised or rejected. The interactive discussion between the panel and the audience covered points such as “How well do you have to know the topic to review a paper?”, “What to put into the review – the reviewer is not writing the paper? We hope the short course motivated the participants to contribute the most important community service: reviewing scientific papers.

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EGU Teaching Hydrology workshop

On Wednesday morning YHS organized the ‘Teaching Hydrology’ workshop, an interactive session for everyone who is interested in teaching. About 30 people gathered, varying from just-started PhD-candidates with little or no experience in teaching, to professors with ample experience in teaching.  The morning started with a short assignment, where the group was divided into teachers and students. The teacher had to explain the concept of the Unit Hydrograph to the ‘student’. We evaluated the different teaching styles that the teachers had applied to explain the concept to their ‘students’. After that, Jan Seibert presented his view on teaching. Here we learned that throughout the study, the student should be confronted with frustration, in order to learn to deal with frustration during his or her MSc thesis. Of course this was a good starting point for an interactive discussion with the participants. After the coffee break, the session continued with a long assignment. The participants were introduced to the Kolb inductive learning cycle, and after that had to develop a inductive learning cycle themselves in a group. We saw many interesting examples from the  different groups, how to explain rating curve uncertainty, how to conduct a model study, how conductivity can be demonstrated, etc. We hope the session inspired the participants – from old and experienced to young and inexperienced – to carefully review their teaching process and think about the impact that they can have as a teacher on the students.

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EGU16: HYDRO DRINKS & DINNER

WED 20 apr it’s time again for YHS’ annual hydro drinks and dinner. Everyone who feels like a (young) hydrologist, or feels connected to (young) hydrologists is welcome to join!

This year we’ll go to the Siebenstern, a restaurant and brewery! There will be a YHS group leaving from poster hall A at 19.00 and at 19.30, so you can meet us there. You can also come to the dinner at your own convenience. See the attached flyer for info. Let us know if you have any questions! See you tonight!

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EGU16: Hydrology Pop-UpS

During this year’s pop-up session twelve speakers gave inspiring 5min presentations in which they ‘shared failures, lessons learned and new ideas’, going beyond hour regular conference presentation. Topics ranged from discussing experiences with approaches and ideas that did not work, to innovative ideas in e.g. socio-hydrology and what hydrologists can learn from landslide research.

One of the highlights was a presentation by Natalie Ceperly et al., who shared their difficulties in modeling a fairly simple well-measured catchment in the Alps. Their data is good and their models generally work very well, but for some unkown mysterical reason they are not able to get the model working for two specific years. They’re still looking for an answer and if you have one feel free to contact them.

Another presentation that might got you thinking was by Christopher Hutton, on reproducibility of hydrological modeling results. We, researchers, tend to keep our models, codes and even data to ourselves, and only present the final results. But how do we know whether those results are even real? How can we check another’s research? And how can we make sure that experiments can be repeated?

Summarizing, a lot of food for thought. We aim to organize this session again next year, and preferably even split up in a session (1) focusing solely on sharing failures, and (2) focusing on new ideas, innovative techniques, and inspiring discussions tat will get you thinking.

Contact us if you’re interested in (co-)organizing.

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Hallway Conversations – Dmitri Kavetski

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Harsh Beria.

Dmitri Kavetski is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Prof. Kavetski is a renowned expert in the field of uncertainty quantification in hydrologic modeling, having developed Bayesian Total Error Analysis (BATEA) framework (Kavetski et al., 2006a; 2006b) which has been widely used in environmental modeling. He kindly accepted to answer our questions about his early career, his current research interests and how he sees the field of hydrology evolve over the coming decades. Continue reading

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Hallway Conversations – Sally Thompson

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Kevin Roche.

Sally Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Thompson completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and worked for several years in environmental consulting. She then moved on to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University as a General Sir John Monash Fellow. Her current research spans an array of fields, including ecohydrology, nonlinear dynamics, and water sustainability. Professor Thompson kindly answered our questions to Kevin Roche (KR) at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Continue reading

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EGU16: Rhyme-your-Research

Poetry can be used to make science more accessible to the world, including your students, your professors, your (grand)parents, and the general public. Learn how to write & recite poems about your own research!

More info:
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/session/22103
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/session/22105

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8 reasons to attend EGU 2016

For all of those doubting whether to attend EGU 2016, here are 8 more reasons to register! This year YHS will organize some revamped classics (Meet the expert, Pop-Ups), and try out some new concepts (How to review, Rhyme-your-research). Times and locations are not known yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do! Click on the session titles for more information!

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Call for applications: AGU Hydrology Student Subcommittee

The Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S) of the American Geophysical Union serves and represents all student members of the organization whose research interests contain a hydrological component.

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Water Sciences Pop-Ups at EGU2016

If you are attending the EGU General Assembly 2016, we invite you to submit an abstract to the ‘Water Sciences Pop-Ups session’. It is the second year this session will be organized at EGU. Its sister session at the AGU Fall Meeting was successfully (30+ abstracts) organized for the third time in 2015.

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Read about YHS in EOS

Part of the YHS organising team wrote an opinion piece on student and early career scientist involvement in geoscience unions. You can read the full article “Creating Community for Early-Career Geoscientists” on the Eos website.

 

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A Poem Summarizing Today’s Conference

Starting with an activity that’s this years hype,
You experienced that talking to peers is better than a swipe

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Presenting Research Workshop @AGU15

Steven Weijs (University of British Columbia) gave a workshop on presenting research at the Student & Early Career Scientist Conference. This workshop covers tips and tricks on how to lure people into your scientific posters and presentations using fun, engaging, and interactive methods. Communicating science is not only important in order to share your research with scientists from other fields but also to engage and inform the public. Students and early career scientists should gain knowledge on how to put together and present a winning presentation that will leave lasting impressions on listeners. You can find Steven’s presentation here.

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Fieldwork: Blessings, Headaches, or Both? @AGU15

A substantial amount of research occurs in the wilds of the field. In addition to pure research, young scientists are faced with the daunting tasks of project planning and preparation, data collection and management, and often working through a large interdisciplinary field campaign.

In a short workshop at the AGU Student & Early Career Member Conference Nick van de Giesen (Delft University of Technology) and Helen Dahlke (University of California, Davis) shared their experience on fieldwork. The goals of this session are to provide an opportunity for students and early career scientists to discuss how to balance theoretical aspects of underlying science with practical considerations in the field.

Nick van de Giesen – Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory

Helen Dahlke – Tips for Field Experiments in different climates

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Remote Sensing in the Geosciences @AGU15

In a short workshop at the AGU Student & Early Career Member Conference Chris Crosby (UNAVCO), George Roth (Polar Geospatial Center), and Joe Levy (University of Texas at Austin) provided an overview of several remotely sensed data products and their applications in hydrology. Below you can find the presentations of the three speakers. Each presentation will briefly highlight the technical detail of different data products and provide an example of how the data can be analysed for research purposes.

George Roth – Using High-Resolution Commercial imaginary in the Geosciences

Chris Crosby – High Resolution Topography Resources

Joe Levy – Going, going, gone! Antarctica’s vanishing ground ice

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Hallway Conversations – Andrea Rinaldo

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Kevin Roche.    

Andrea Rinaldo is director of the Laboratory of EcoHydrology at the  École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Throughout his career, Professor Rinaldo has leveraged the tools of statistical physics to glean understanding of how river networks evolve and foster biodiversity. He is a former recipient of AGU’s Horton Award (Hydrology Section), an AGU Fellow, and a member of the National Academies of Engineering and Sciences. Continue reading

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AGU Fall Meeting 2015: Important dates

Ready for the AGU Fall Meeting 2015? Check below whether you put all important student related activities in your schedule:

If you have questions, suggestions or just want to meet up, get in touch through our Facebook page or tweet to YHS or the AGU Hydrologist Student Subcommittee

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Hydrologist Bingo at AGU Fall Meeting 2015

This year you have to opportunity to participate in the first ever Hydrologist Bingo!

Bingo rules:

The goal of this bingo is to “collect” the hydrologists on this card. This is done by introducing yourself and talk to them. If you stick to the rules, they will sign their photo. When you have a bingo (vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or FULL card), take a picture and tweet it to @AGU_H3S with #HydroBingo, or come to the Bingo-table in the poster hall. Every day we will distribute some prizes! To make sure it’s a pleasant experience for everyone, please:

  • Make sure you are prepared for the talk. Find out where the person is working, and in which area of hydrology (s)he is involved.
  • Leave a good impression and don’t ask people just to sign your card!
  • Respect when someone doesn’t have time for you. All hydrologists gave their permission to be included in this event, but they might have an extremely busy schedule at the Fall Meeting.
  • Write down lessons you have learned from your talk and share them with other student on the Bingo-table in the poster-hall, or through Twitter #HydroBingo
  • It is more important to talk with the right people and to inspire and be inspired, than to complete your Bingo-card!
  • Many of the people will come to the CUAHSI mixer on Tue 15 Dec from 6 to 8 PM at Jilian’s.
  • The topic of the talk can be content-wise, but also on science in general, e.g. gender issues, communication. Need inspiration?
  1. What was your biggest challenge in your career?
  2. How does one become successful in networking?
  3. How can we solve the current gender inequalities in hydrology?
  4. Did you make sacrifices in your personal life to become successful in academia?

Bingo rules!

 

DOWNLOAD YOUR BINGO CARD HERE

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Hallway Conversations – Jaime Gómez-Hernández

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Kevin Roche.

In our inaugural Hallway Conversations article we have the pleasure of learning about the most recent AGU Chapman Conference through the eyes of its principal organizer, Jaime Gómez-Hernández (JGH), a professor of hydrogeology from the Universidad Poletécnica de Valencia. Together with the Chapman planning committee, Professor Gómez-Hernández brought researchers from around the world together for a week of presentations, discussions and activities in his native Valencia, Spain. “The MADE Challenge for Groundwater Transport in Highly Heterogeneous Aquifers” highlighted current understanding and future needs to address the growing threat of aquifer contamination. Discussions centered on the Macrodispersion Experiment (MADE) Site, located on the Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, USA. Thirty years of experiments and site characterization have made it one of the most intensively-studied aquifers in the world; and although its sampling wells are no longer in place, MADE’s rich datasets are still used to test novel groundwater modeling theory.

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Figure 1: Jaime Gomez-Hernandez at the reigns of the 2015 Chapman Conference

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Introducing Hallway Conversations

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Kevin Roche.

Hydrology is a broad field for good reason. I began this article after telescoping through a series of cited articles for two hours, moving from a review of bacterial biofilms to a paper on complex networks. We rely on scores of different specialties to connect our measurements to theory. Yet, if we ever hope to establish our academic autonomy, young hydrologists are tasked with digging in. For me, this “broadening-specialization dualism” is frustrating, perhaps because it forces me to admit (1) hydrology is far from being solved, and (2) I need an immense amount of help connecting my work to the big picture. Continue reading

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Moving beyond a snapshot: towards a time-continuous understanding of hyporheic exchange

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Adam N. Wlostowski.

Hi All! Recently, I received a 2015 AGU Horton Research Grant. I am very grateful and honored to accept this grant. I’d like to use this post to share my proposed research questions and methods with the YHS community.

What is a Hyporheic Zone and Why Should We Care?

Flowing stream waters are hydrologically connected to adjacent groundwaters. These connections help maintain the physical and chemical integrity of streams. In a uni-directional sense, streams lose and gain water to/from groundwater aquifers. In a bi-directional sense, streams are connected to groundwaters via hyporheic exchange (HE) flowpaths. HE moves water, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, and carbon into and out of hyporheic zones (HZs) – saturated subsurface regions beneath and adjacent to a stream channel, where streamwaters and groundwaters mix. In the HZ, sufficiently long residence times and contact with microbes facilitates nutrient transformations vital to the health of stream ecosystems (Boulton et al., 1998). Continue reading

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Remote Sensing in the Geosciences, a session at the 2015 AGU Early Career Scientist Conference

The 2015 AGU Early Career Scientist Conference will feature a 1-hour session on Remote Sensing in the Geosciences. The goal of session is to provide early career scientists with an overview of a few cutting-edge remotely sensed data products, and their applications in hydrology.

This session will feature three speakers: George Roth, an engineer at the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the power of very high-resolution commercial satellite imagery. Chris Crosby, a project manager at UNAVCO in Boulder Coloroado, will share recent advancements in Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) and how OpenTopography can help early career scientists access high-resolution topographic data for FREE! Joe Levy, at the University of Texas at Austin, will cap the session off with a captivating research presentation showing how TLS and high-resolution commercial satellite imagery help us understand basic hydrologic process in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, an fantastic Earthly analog to Mars.

 

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Pop-Ups at AGU FM 2015

The 2015 AGU Fall Meeting is coming up, and those of you who are going are probably already filling your schedules. Therefore, consider attending one of the three Pop-Up sessions!

For Pop-Ups at previous editions check our YouTube channel

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The role of graduate summer schools in hydrology education – the example of the PUB Summer School 2015

A –Streams of Thought – post by Nilay Dogulu and Ina Pohle.

Summer is a time for scientists to advance their knowledge, tune their skills and forge ahead on research projects. The leisure of summer also provides a chance to network with colleagues and perhaps enjoy a bit of vacation away from home. Graduate summer schools, offered usually by academic universities, research centers or NGOs, are a week or several week-long-intensive training and education programs on a particular topic. Continue reading

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Four Reasons Why All Geoscientists Should Do Fieldwork

A -Streams of Thought- post by Tim van Emmerik (PDF Version)

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As geoscientists we often visit strange and distant places to collect data that will help answer science questions and interrogate hypotheses. In an airport, we are easily recognized: hiking shoes, too many checked bags (read: cases with equipment), malaria medication, and a letter from your professor stating that “all your activities will be strictly in the name of science”. Fieldwork can be exciting, horrible, enlightening, disappointing, surprising, or simply a complete failure.

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Introducing the YHS -Streams of Thought- Community Blog

Hello, and welcome to the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) -Streams of Thought- Community Blog! We at YHS are officially kick-starting this online space for young scientists of all disciplines to share hydrologically related thoughts, opinions and beyond to YHS community members all across the world. This inaugural post will clarify the goals of our blog, the content you can expect here, how posts are authored and edited, and – most importantly – how you can get involved. (PDF Version) Continue reading

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Join us in organizing activities for EGU 2016!

YHS is currently seeking to welcome fellow young hydrologists to join us in planning and organization of activities for EGU 2016. In the last years we had very successful sessions (workshops, short courses, scientific discussions, etc.). We would like to continue contributing to academic and social development of young hydrologists early in their career by organizing various sessions in EGU 2016 as well. Our planned activities include so far (but not limited to):

How to review a paper: short course on tips & tricks from an expert

Teaching in hydrology: interactive workshop on teaching

Meet the Expert: scientific discussion with three experts from the field

Water Sciences Pop-Ups: 5min presentations by early career scientists on novel ideas and innovations in water sciences (link for previous presentations)

If you’re interested in joining one of these teams, or have an idea for a new event or session, let us know!

Many thanks in advance.

Best,

The YHS Board

Wouter Berghuijs, Nilay Dogulu, Tim van Emmerik

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AGU Hydrology sponsored GWIS event

by Adam Wlostowski

The Northern Colorado Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) chapter hosted a panel discussion and networking event on April 30, 2015 regarding the experiences of several professional women in STEM fields. The five person panel consisted of experts from academia, government and, private industry along Colorado’s Front Range. Following a brief panel discussion, panelists engaged in small group discussions, where attendees could ask questions and mingle in a comfortable setting. Panelists provided valuable insight to attendees on a range of topics including; managing the duality of family life and career goals, discovering and embracing ones own talents, and navigating the tenure track in academia.

Panelists:
Dr. Kamini Singha, Associate Director, Hydrologic Science & Engineering Program, Associate Professor, Geology & Geological Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines
Judy Dorsey, President and Principal Engineer, Brendle Group, Fort Collins, Colorado
Dr. Ruth Hufbauer, Professor, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University
Dr. Johanna Kraus, Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Paula Cushing, entomologist/curator, Denver Museum of Science and Natural History
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From left to right: Dr Kamini Singha, Dr Johanna Kraus, Dr Paula Cushing, Judy Dorsey, and Dr Ruth Hufbauer.

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Dr Ruth Hufbauer engages in a breakout conversation with six early career scientists.

 

Adam Wlostowski in a PhD student at the Colorado State University. Since 2015, he serves on the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee.

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YHS-NL welcomes new team member!

With pleasure YHS-NL would like to announce the acquisition of its newest team member: Yvonne Smit from Utrecht University.

If you have any suggestions or comments for YHS-NL or want to start your a national branch in your own country, get in touch with us!

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Involvement at the AGU Fall Meeting

by Natasha Krell

With the submission deadline for abstracts, pop-ups, and travel grants to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting less than a month away we thought we’d highlight what AGU has to offer for students. The benefits of attending the AGU Fall Meeting are far-reaching and there are many ways to get involved as a student beyond poster presentations. Here are five ways to get involved at the AGU Fall Meeting.

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YHS-NL is looking for team members

As of now, YHS has an active branch in the Netherlands! We will organize events in cooperation with local organizations, such as the Nederlandse Hydrologische Vereniging (Dutch Hydrologic Society) and the Boussinesq Center for Hydrology. Lieke Melsen (WUR) and Tim van Emmerik (TU Delft) are looking for 2-3 more people to make the team complete. Interested? Want more info? Suggestions? Contact one of us!

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A new board for YHS!

Starting 1 July 2015, Wouter Berghuijs, Nilay Dogulu and Tim van Emmerik will serve on the 2015 – 2016 board of YHS. Their term last until the 2016 EGU General Assembly. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, feel free to share them with the board! Want to get actively involved YHS? Contact us!

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Chair: Wouter Berghuijs (Bristol University)

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Secretary: Nilay Dogulu (Middle East Technical University)

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Co-chair: Tim van Emmerik (Delft University of Technology)

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Submit your Pop-Up for AGU Fall Meeting 2015!

The abstract submission page for the Pop-Ups sessions at AGU FM15 is online! Things have changed quite a bit this year:

1. NO ABSTRACT FEE

2. Doesn’t count as contributed or invited abstract, so you can still submit your ‘normal’ abstract!

3. Three different sessions:
(1) Water Sciences Pop-Up Session: Innovations, Challenges and Future Directions in Hydrology,
(2) Keeping Geology Alive Pop-Up Session: Interactive Demonstrations in the Earth Sciences, and
(3) Social Dimensions of Geoscience Pop-Up Session

No reasons to not submit to the Pop-Ups! If you need some inspiration, check out some videos of Pop-Ups at previous editions HERE.

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Meet the expert in hydrology – Sharing visions for hydrology

By Tobias Weber

This year’s AGU/CGU Joint Assembly in Montréal (May 3 – 7) saw the first Early Career Hydrologist Night (ECHN) organised by the YHS. Accompanied by lucullan food and local craft beer, invited experts gave pitched contributions sharing their visions in hydrology with young hydrology scientists. Intense and fast paced discussions on the future of young hydrologists in academia followed. With more than 30 people attending from a broad range of career stages, contributions showed a wide range of vantage points. Strong cause was made by the experts and attending seniors alike; “to remember the principles of sound science and remembering it for future careers also outside of science”, and “not to sign off on invalid conclusions”. Again the importance for young students to attend scientific meetings and participate in the scientific communities was highlighted.  Concerns of career options in and outside of academia were brought forward by the young. Additionally, the need for good leadership, support, and guidance was made. We are happy to see the impetus of the ECHN on spreading the YHS has and we look forward to student involvement at future CGUs.

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Meet the expert in hydrology – The mystery of evaporation

This year at the EGU GA in Vienna (12th to 17th April) the YHS organized another “Meet the expert in hydrology” session with the theme: “the mystery of evaporation”. A panel of three senior scientists presented their vision of the main current and future challenges within evaporation research, followed by a fantastic open discussion with over 60 participants, continuing for over an hour. We thank Prof. Christel Prudhomme (Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford, UK), Prof. Henk de Bruin (Associate Professor Emeritus, Wageningen University, Netherlands), Prof. Michael Roderick (Australian National University), and the attendees for a great session and lively discussion! You can find the presentation slides here:

Michael Roderick – Understanding Evaporation and Latent Heat Flux

Christel Prudhomme – Hydrology and Evaporation: What should we use?

Henk de Bruin – (New) Methods of Observation

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Hydroinformatics for hydrology: data-driven and hybrid techniques

This year at EGU GA YHS started organizing a new short course: “Hydroinformatics for hydrology”. The theme of this very first short course was on data-driven and hybrid techniques. Being introduced to the fundamentals of data-driven modelling, the participants (around 40) had the chance to learn about various applications of most commonly used data-driven techniques in hydrology and water resources research. We would like to thank Prof. Dimitri Solomatine from UNESCO-IHE for delivering the lecture. You can find his lecture slides here:

Part-1-Introduction
Part-2-Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)
Part-3-Case Studies
Part-4-Combination of Models
Part-5-Uncertainty Analysis

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Introduction to teaching hydrology

Last week at EGU GA we organized the short course “Introduction to teaching hydrology” for the very first time. This short course provided some valuable teaching advice for young hydrologists. Thanks everyone for making the session such a great success: with more than 70 participants the number of participants exceeded any expectations!
You can find the slides of our three speakers online:
Prof. Thorsten Wagener
Prof. Allan Rodhe (Link to educational videos: here!)
Dr. Martine Rutten

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Water Science Pop-ups at the EGU General Assembly 2015

Last week the first EGU version of the Water Science Pop ups was organised. The session provides (early career) scientists the opportunity to give a 5 min TED-like presentation, followed by an interactive PICO poster discussion, on their future vision of water sciences. Several of the presentations can now be found online on the YHS youtube channel.

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How to write a (benchmark) scientific paper in hydrology

This week Prof Keith Beven from Lancaster University presented this years How to write (and publish) a scientific paper in hydrology at the EGU General Assembly. The session was well attended with an total audience of more than 60 early career scientists. You can find the slides online

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EGU15 YHS Event: Dinner & Drinks | Wednesday 15 Apr

FOR EVERYONE ATTENDING EGU2015:
On Wednesday 15 March YHS invites all young hydrologists (and everyone that feels young and/or hydrologist) to have dinner and drinks with us.

We have reserved at PLUTZER BRÄU at 20.00. It’s in the Spittelberg area, near the U3 Volkstheather U-bahn exit. http://www.plutzerbraeu.at/

YHS will leave at 19.00 from the RED Poster Area. We will cover both exits, so it’s hard to miss us.

Follow @YoungHydrology on twitter or YHS on Facebook to stay updated about the plans, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

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YHS events at EGU 2015

During the EGU General Assembly 2015 (12 – 17 April) YHS will organize the following events:

Don’t forget to put them in your personal program! If you have any questions about specific sessions / events, don’t hestitate to contact YHS or the conveners.

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Call for Applicants

The AGU Hydrology Section is looking for a new Student Representative!

All AGU Section and Focus Group executive boards aim to have one student member. These AGU Student Representatives (SR) have the task to represent the early career scientists and act as the voice of the new generation. In short, the SR tasks are to:

1. Join the executive board meeting at the AGU Fall Meeting
2. Be involved in improving student events and programs
3. Act as the to-go-to person for students with new ideas and suggestions.

If you are selected to become the new SR, you will serve a term of two years. In the first year (2015), you will function as the SR-elect. This means that you have time to get to know your way within AGU and get familiar with the people you’ll be working with. You will form a team with the SR. The rationale is that as a team you can act more effectively, and this ensures continuity between SRs. In the second year (2016) you’ll become the official SR, taking over the official responsibilities.

Applications can be sent to the Hydrology Section Secretary, Terri Hogue (thogue@mines.edu) and should include:

– Brief motivation & action plan (max. 400 words)
– CV
– Recommendation/Support Letter from advisor

The deadline of for applying is Jan 31st. You’ll hear back from the Hydrology Section within a month.

More info: http://hydrology.agu.org/

In addition to the SR, student members can also join the Hydrology Section Student Committee. This committee consists of ~4 students and is chaired by the SR. The task of the Student Committee is to organize student & early career scientist oriented events and sessions during the AGU Fall Meeting. Successful examples from last year were the Student & Early Career Scientists Conference (http://fallmeeting.agu.org/…/student-early-career-scientis…/) and the Water Sciences Pop-Ups (https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm14/meetingapp.cgi#Session/1996). If you’re interested in joining this committee, you can send your notice of interest to me (t.h.m.vanemmerik@tudelft.nl). This should include:
– Brief motivation & action plan (max. 400 words)
– CV

The deadline for applying is Jan 31st. You’ll hear back from me within a month.

If you have any questions regarding the Student Representative position or the Student Committee, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Tim van Emmerik

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