Profile Series: Josefin Thorslund

Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University (Sweden) and Utrecht University (Netherlands)

My name is Josefin Thorslund, I am from Sweden and I’m currently working at the Department of Physical Geography, both at Stockholm University and at Utrecht University, through a mobility grant funded by the Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development; FORMAS.

I’m a hydrologist with a background in water quality assessment. My current research project is about freshwater salinisation, both assessing its large-scale drivers and quantifying its impact on quality-driven water scarcity, particularly for the irrigation sector around the world. This is needed because elevated salinity of freshwater resources is a common water quality issue, which could strongly affect water availability.

I didn’t really have a concrete idea for my current project when I decided to write a research grant – but I gave myself some time to brainstorm ideas (alone and with my former supervisor) and look for interesting collaborators. Slowly the idea of freshwater salinity issues and the coupling of this water quality parameter to water scarcity came about.

I really like the global focus and relevance of my current project, and the societal implications of it. There are so many places where salinity is or could become an issue, where it could impact water quality and water use for the irrigation sector – if my research could make some contribution to improving knowledge around food production – that’s motivating! I also never planned this – but I’ve learnt to code in this project, and coding is so powerful and fun (when it works), that gets me excited to try more things. My research has taken me many places – from conferences in Colombia, the US and Europe, to camping in the Mongolian wilderness to tubing down alligator rich rivers in Florida… Experiences I probably wouldn’t have had without my academic career!

All women in my field, both senior researchers and my peers, inspire me! I wish I had known before starting my academic career that hard work will only get you so far, having a successful research career also involves a lot of timing, luck and the right connections! I believe academia should be a place of equality and inclusion, with more employment security. I love research, but sometimes the surrounding academic structures and attitudes makes me nervous about continuing down this path. Having a secure academic position, teaching and doing fun research would really be a dream. My alternative dream has always been to run a small restaurant or a boutique hotel somewhere sunny; I love good food and wine and taking care of people.

Check out Josefin’s publications on Google Scholar

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Profile series: Danlu Guo

Let’s get the basics. Name, where you are from, and your current affiliation and advisor?

My name is Danlu Guo, currently working as a postdoc research fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne. My supervisor is Prof Andrew Western.

What is the research you are currently working on?

I’m currently working on an ARC Linkage Project (LP170100710) – a collaboration between Melbourne University and Rubicon Water. My recent work focuses on developing an uncertainty-based framework to inform irrigation scheduling using ensemble weather forecasts.I’m also collaborating with NSW Natural Resources Committee on the identifying and explaining the long-term trends in water quantity and quality in forested catchments throughout NSW.

I’m teaching as well at the moment, so when I have spare time, I am also taking care of a few (!) hobby projects, including

  1. understanding the spatial and temporal variation of relationships between stream water quality and hydrology across Australia;
  2. developing tools to facilitate the identification of events in hydrological time-series;
  3. improving the capacity of rainfall-runoff models to perform under different hydro-climatic conditions. 

What do you wish you had known when you started your graduate/academic career?

Soft skills are as important as the technical ones. If I knew this earlier during my PhD, (I actually was told but didn’t pay enough attention then) I’d have intentionally tried to develop my management, leadership and networking skills much more. Lots of post-doc positions are project-funded, in which case these skills become very helpful. I found it overwhelming when I started my post-doc and I wish I had been more prepared.

What got you started on this current research? Was there some epiphany or light bulb moment?

A mixture of contract obligations and personal interest, and limitations declared in my previous research. 🙂

Most of my light bulb moments were not from new findings in research, but rather, figuring out a better way to make sense of what I had already found. This is mostly a process of simplification – I like to call it ‘pruning’. If you grow a tree, it is important to remove branches that are damaged and not productive, so you can make more resources available to support the productive part of the tree. The same thinking transfers to research too. Sometimes I find myself confused by too many findings going in different directions; this is a good time to ‘prune’, after which the key points often become clearer. So if you are stuck in similar situations, have a go at pruning!

Who is your role model in science and why? What makes you admire them?

Prof. Hoshin Gupta. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Hoshin. I admire him for:

  1. always having creative ideas to approach a problem (which often lead to interesting findings!);
  2. always being curious about learning new things from others;
  3. always staying on top of the literature in the hydrology community and knowing what’s valuable to explore next – he is helping to push our collective knowledge forward.

Check out Danlu’s publications on Google Scholar.

Contact Danlu via her webpage.

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Online Networking Event with H3S and YHS!

What: Online networking event organized by H3S and YHS

Who: Early career hydrologists

When: 10th June 2021, 15:00 UTC

Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

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Challenging Workplace Negativity

EGU’21 held a Great Debate: Challenging discrimination in the geosciences: amplifying unheard voices. I started thinking about all the conversations I have had over the past few years. Every day I hear more and more accounts of countless people facing difficult situations at their workplace. Situations where it was plain as day that they were being discriminated against. Situations where people walked away, made them feel  as if they were at fault when they were harassed or abused. Equally importantly, some coworkers have been in situations where it was difficult to identify the source of the negativity; were they being systematically discriminated against, or did they just have bad co-workers? As with many things in life, there is often no simple answer here.

Negativity in the workplace could be due to the lack of a good leader, lack of open communication, distrust and lack of transparency, limited development opportunities, harassment, and/or discrimination. Academia is infamously rife with all these issues. The obvious signs of a negative workplace include disrespecting, harassment, inappropriate touching, name calling and jokes, as well as physical, verbal, and mental abuses. However, many signals and warning signs are more subtle. Through discussions with peers, I have drawn an additional list of signs to watch out for:

1.     Are discussions about your work happening in a language that you don’t understand?

2.     Are you being yelled at or blamed regularly by one or more of your co-worker(s), senior researcher(s) and/or technician(s)?

3.     Are you being ignored by one or more of your co-worker(s), senior researcher(s) and/or technician(s)?

4.     Do you have a nagging sense of feeling that your scientific opinion is being ignored, or that the time you put for the assigned tasks is not being valued?

5.     Are you stonewalled when conducting your research (either in field or in laboratory) due to lack of cooperation from senior researchers, technicians and/or the group leader?

6.     Do you have a general feeling of not being treated fairly by your supervisor and/or co-worker(s)?

7.     Are you feeling isolated in your research group?

8. Have you been assigned extra tasks for which other people are responsible or take the credits?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then unfortunately you are likely in a negative workplace environment, and possibly even being discriminated against.  You may or may not have the courage to raise the issue with your research group leader or even someone further up in the hierarchy. However, you are not powerless in this situation. Try to surround yourself with a positive community and peer group, and reach out for support outside your research group (e.g. students and researchers union).

On the other hand, if you have witnessed a colleague being treated this way, we hope you can take supportive actions as well. You can be part of a culture change by actively supporting the victim mentally and/or emotionally. You may also be able to assist them in whichever action they decide to pursue against the perpetrator in order to solve problems. Alternatively, you can call out your colleagues on their negative behavior independently. You could also initiate group activities or team building exercises to build a foundation of trust within the research group.

While early-career researchers may be able to express their dissatisfaction with the workplace environment, the onus to sustain positive culture change in the workplace and to instill anti-discriminatory attitudes in all team members remains on the group leader or the head of the organization. The conversation during the panel discussion also veered towards this aspect: We must stop putting the onus of change on early-career researchers! At the same time, we must remember that as we progress through our careers, we will, one day, be part of that leadership. The way we behave as leaders will build from how we ourselves behave now and how we interact with our colleagues in our working environment. And so, our work begins now: treating each other with respect, compassion, kindness, and dignity. This is our answer to Prof. Pancost’s parting question at the panel: What does it mean to be a good ally?

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How to write (and publish) a scientific paper in Hydrology

At EGU 2021, we had a panel discussion featuring Dr. Wouter Berghuijs, Dr. Manuela Brunner, and Dr. Tim van Emmerik on how to write (and publish) a scientific paper in hydrology. The session was very well attended with >100 participants joining from different parts of the globe. The presentations are available at the following links.

Stop thinking about rules, think about readers (Wouter Berghuijs)

Telling a compelling story (Manuela I. Brunner)

A practical guide to dealing with disappointments in publishing (Tim van Emmerik)

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Hydroinformatics for hydrology: Bayesian methods

The short course on ‘Hydroinformatics for hydrology’ was run at vEGU21 for the sixth time already, but due to the pandemic the first time as a virtual version. Dmitri Kavetski managed to present a broad overview of ‘Bayesian methods in environmental modelling and data analysis’, including various applications and the theory behind. Bayesian methods is another short course that provides a deep insight into a certain topic of general interest from an experienced researcher who is happy to share his knowledge with others. We would like to thank Dmitri Kavetski for holding the short course and sharing his slides, which can be found here:

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Call for Applications – YHS National Representatives

About YHS

At YHS we like to connect with as many young hydrologists (graduate students and early career scientists) around the globe as possible and think one good way to facilitate this is through active YHS representatives in every country. This might be you?!

Ideally, each country has a small group of active members that form the board of a YHS National Branch. They organize events for their peers in-country, are the links to their national hydrological organization(s) and the global early-career hydrology community.

This is how we envision the YHS connecting to you and your peers. Please have a look at some of the national branches on our website, to learn about their activities (https://younghs.com/).

Are you interested? Please join us!

How to Apply.

If you would like to start a YHS chapter in your country or join us to build local network in your country, please submit your application including a cover letter explaining your motivation and your short CV (max 2 pages) to younghydrologicsociety@gmail.com with the subject line ‘National Reps call for application 2021’

Based on the applications a shortlist is prepared by the National Branches committee current co-chair(s) and recommended to the current YHS board for confirmation.

Deadline

31st May 2021

Terms of Reference for National representatives

YHS is a voluntary people lead and driven organization. There are no hard and fast rules how activities and its management is conducted. However, the below are only guide terms for reference to provide some ideas of what is expected.

  1. In collaboration and consultation with the YHS global team, the national representative will define a comprehensive plan and execute YHS initiatives in the country.
  2. Oversee all YHS initiatives and activities in the country.
  3. Mobilizing, training, and management of YHS members in that country in close consultation with YHS National Branches committee.
  4. Responsible for driving and implementing activities and projects developed for the country.
  5. Lead, train and supervise local YHS Higher Education institutions student ambassadors and ensure active participation, performance, and brand penetration across the country.
  6. Provide guidance in the preparation of programs and development initiatives for your country. Also, plan and organise such programmes as deemed suitable for the local young hydrologist community.
  7. Ensures active participation of country delegation in our major conferences, forums, and events.
  8. The country director is a signatory to an IHAV account opened in your country.
  9. An ideal National representative actively represents the interests of early-career hydrologists at the national hydrological organizations and is the responsible link between a country’s hydrological community and the YHS as a national representative.
  10. Able to have regular meetings with country colleagues and provide updates, feedback, and new ideas to YHS global Team through the National Branches committee.
  11. Able to commit at least 2 hours of work per week .

Required Competencies of a National representatives

Values

• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respect and promote individual and cultural differences; encourage diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

• Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and act in a manner consistent with the YHS code of conduct.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators

• Teamwork: develop and promote effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals.

• Commitment: to achieving agreed outcomes.

• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate. • Communication: encourage and contribute to clear and open communication; explain complex matters in informative, inspiring, and motivational ways.

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YHS events during vEGU21

Short Courses:

ECS Networking events

  • HS & GI ECS-networking event Mon, 26 Apr, 12:30–13:30 (CEST)
  • ECS Union-wide Networking Event Tue, 27 Apr, 19:00–20:00 (CEST)

Other Activities for ECS and young researchers

HS Division medal lectures

  • MAL14a: HS 2020/2021 Henry Darcy Medal lectures & 2020 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding ECS Lecture Presentations | Tue, 20 Apr, 15:00–17:00 (CEST)
  • MAL14b: HS 2020/2021 John Dalton Medal Lectures & 2021 Division Outstanding ECS Award Lecture Presentations | Thu, 22 Apr, 15:00–17:00 (CEST)

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YHS Board Members (2021-2022)

Announcing the expanded board for the year 2021-2022!

Chair: Lina Stein

Affiliation: University of Bristol

Sentence about your research: My research focus lies on flood generating processes and how they connect to climate and catchment. 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? My aim this year is making sure YHS transitions well into the extension of the Board. With many new people involved we have a chance to advance YHS as a broad and diverse advocate for early career hydrologists.

Secretary: Elena Cristiano

Affiliation: University of Cagliari

Sentence about your research: I am working as Postdoc in the field of urban hydrology, focusing on green roofs and other nature-based solutions to mitigate pluvial floods, to adapt to climate changes and to create smart and resilient cities.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I want to help YHS grow and offer opportunities for young researchers to support their academic growth, through activities focused on enlarging the network, discussing hydrology and interdisciplinary topics. I think that, especially in this difficult period, where contacts are limited, there is the need to strengthen the network among young researchers, supporting each other and consolidating collaborations.

Treasurer: Hannes Müller-Thomy

Affiliation: TU Braunschweig

Sentence about your research: The generation of rainfall on different spatial and temporal scales and its application in a variety of models, ranging from urban hydrological modelling over crop modelling to water resources management.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? Due to the world-wide pandemic and the cancellation of so many workshops and conferences I would be happy if YHS can bring young scientists further together to share their thoughts and ideas!

Blog Committee

Name: Clare Stephens

Affiliation: University of New South Wales

Sentence about your research: I study catchment response to climate change using ecohydrologic modelling and data analysis.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I hope we can expand the blog to publish even more great articles relevant to young hydrologists, with a particular focus on sharing the ideas and stories of YHS members.

Name: Samaneh Seifollahi

Affiliation: Stockholm University

Sentence about your research: I work on water resource management, land-sea interactions, and system analysis to study the implications of climate change and anthropogenic pressures and risks.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like to support early-career researchers to develop their career path, and get inspired by the variety of research they do. I will contribute to the YHS Blog articles during this year, hoping to disseminate motivating research outcomes and activities within the hydrology society and among broader audiences. 

Name: Epari Ritesh Patro

Affiliation: University of Oulu, Finland

Sentence about your research:I am an interdisciplinary environmental researcher with particular expertise in climate-water-energy nexus. My current research activity focuses on the analysing and quantifying the impact of climate change, renewable deployment, carbon and fuel prices over hydropower’s future in the alpine and arctic environment. 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? Certainly, as a YHS representative I would envisage in bridging the gap between both learning the cutting edge work and better communication of the work to both who may be familiar or unfamiliar with the field of hydrology.

Name: Swamini Khurana

Affiliation: Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Sentence about your research: I focus on impact of spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics on microbially mediated nutrient cycling in the subsurface.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like to help diverse early-career stage (ECS) researchers get in touch with the community through engaging blogs highlighting achievements of ECS researchers as well as conversations with senior scientists. At the end of the year, I hope that the Blog is a rich resource of information for ECS researchers navigating the initial steps in their academic career.

Name: Siwei He

Affiliation: University of Colorado Boulder

Sentence about your research: My research mainly focuses on the subgrid variability in hydrologic and land-surface modeling.What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I hope some informative information can be shared from the “senior” early-career scientists to the “freshman” early-career scientists through the Blog

Name: Harsh Beria

Affiliation: ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Sentence about your research: The central theme of my research is to understand how water flows within mountainous landscapes, and how climate change might impact this going forward.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like YHS to organize events that enhance the softer skills required in a scientists’ life, ranging from being better prepared for interviews to improving their networking skills at conferences and other public events.

National Branches Committee

Name: Bethel Ugochukwu Ukazu

Affiliation: University of Nigeria

Sentence about your research: I work on water resource management,  with regards to human-environment relations for effective climate change adaptation strategies and sustainable development

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?   Active YHS National Chapters 

Name: Edoardo Martini

Affiliation: Heidelberg University & Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Sentence about your research: My research focuses on soil hydrology, integrating approaches from soil science, near-surface geophysics and soil hydrology to better understand and predict hydrological processes in the vadose zone. 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like to stimulate young hydrologists from all over the world to get involved with YHS towards a lively exchange of experiences and ideas to foster a community awareness.

Outreach Committee

Name: Faranak Tootoonchi

Affiliation: Uppsala University

Sentence about your research: Currently I am working as a PhD student at Uppsala university in the Department of earth science. I have a keen interest in statistical and mathematical formulation of natural processes. My research focuses on bias correction of climate model outputs to enhance multivariate hydrological modelling in changing climates.What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I think, it is not just enough to do the research. It is also important to be able to communicate, show and discuss. I think it is important to be active in the public community and leave a fingerprint on the society. Therefore, this year I aim to contribute to better communication and interaction with the hydrological community.

Name: Xinyang Fan

Affiliation: The University of Melbourne, Australia & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Sentence about your research: My research focuses on quantifying the impact of climate change on groundwater in Australia and Germany.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I’m so glad and excited to become a new member in the Outreach sector of YHS this year. Science communication is very important for sharing our research findings within and out of our research field. I am very keen to helping distribute and communicate useful and interesting hydrology related research information, news, and articles among the young hydrologists. By helping the outreach in YHS, I wish to improve my transferable skills, accumulate knowledge, and build up networks.

Name: Iskra Mejía Estrada

Affiliation: Mexican Institute of Water Technology

Sentence about research: I am an urban hydrometeorologist with interest in public outreach and science communication. I have expertise in atmospheric modelling of severe storms in urban areas, an activity that I enjoy as much as undertaking Project Leader responsibilities, which is my current job at an applied water research institution.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?: To contribute to consolidate the role and presence of the YHS as a solid global network of researchers, and to provide support for the efficient academic growth of Early Career Scientists.

Diversity Commiteee

Name: Navid Ghajarnia

Affiliation: Stockholm University

Sentence about your research: My research interest spans global hydrology, water resources analysis, climate change, and data analysis.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like to support the YHS Diversity committee and contribute to the enhancement of diversity for creating a more colorful and beautiful hydrologic society around the world.

Name: Mara Meggiorin

Affiliation: University of Padova & Sinergeo S.r.l.

Sentence about your research: My research focuses on hydrogeology, focusing on groundwater modeling and coupling it with statistical analyses in order to achieve more insights in this concealed water resource.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I’d like to help YHS, by supporting the Diversity committee, in achieving a more equal research community in which origin, language and gender is not a discrimiination factor but a strength. Diversity can enlarge our vision of the world!

Name: Sarpong Hammond Antwi

Affiliation: Dundalk Institute of Technology

Sentence about your research: Governance and management of Water resources in the Republic of Ireland 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?  To encourage diversity and help broaden the horizon of YHS across different geographical settings

Name: Pedro Torralbo Muñoz

Affiliation: University of Cordoba

Sentence about your research: Drought and torrential rainfall in mediterranean mountains such as sierra nevada in granada, spain, and how climate change impacts on river flow are my main interests.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would love to see a diverse and motivated environment to bring YHS together where we get to showcase the important work we do for hydrology. And especially to make the work of women hydrologists more visible. 

Name: Gökben Demir

Affiliation: Friedrich Schiller University Jena ( Group Terrestrial Ecohydrology)

Sentence about your research: My research focuses on understanding the effect of canopy-induced heterogeneity on water flux patterns and flows at the plot scale with field observations.  

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I’d like to contribute to YHS, by supporting the Diversity committee. I believe we all should keep our awareness of all types of discrimination. Many discriminative behaviors are embedded into daily routines, yet we can break them to enhance a more colorful and more equal scientific community.

EGU Hydrological Sciences ECS Rep: Sina Khatami

Affiliation: Stockholm University, and University of Melbourne

Sentence about your research: I used models and statistics to understand hydrological processes and their response to hydroclimatic change and anthropogenic activities 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? Now that the YHS community is growing, I’d like to encourage YHS members (current and past) to mentor their earlier peers. 

IAHS ECS Rep: Nilay Dogulu

Affiliation: Independent scholar

Sentence about your research: I love shaping my (voluntary) efforts to support science-informed operational hydrology. My research revolves around flood forecasting and clustering algorithms. 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? It concerns event/s dedicated to celebration of YHS’s 10th year anniversary

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We are looking for your feedback!

The Blog Committee 

Correspondence to: Y. H. Society (younghydrologicsociety@gmail.com)

Dear Hydrological Community and Early Career Academic friends,

With a bigger #YHS team in 2021, we are planning to expand the blog! Which topics do you want to read about? Below is a preliminary list; follow the link to vote!

  • Profiles featuring the research and careers of ECAs
  • Tips on funding and career planning
  • Tips on presentations, posters and other academic skills
  • Advice on the transition from academia to industry
  • Examples of hydrology research leading to positive change
  • Experiences of hydrologists moving abroad
  • Experiences of underrepresented groups in research
  • Technical discussions on particular research topics
  • Visions for the future of hydrology from senior researchers
  • Other (please specify)

Please share this poll (linked again!) with friends and colleagues to get as many opinions as possible. We’d also love to see lots of blog submissions from our members this year, so please remember us when you meet someone amazing, publish something cool or want to start an interesting discussion!

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Call for applications for the YHS Board 2021-2022

The Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) is a bottom-up initiative to stimulate the interaction and active participation of young hydrologists within the hydrological community.

Founded in October 2012 the YHS is currently run by a team of enthusiastic MScs, PhD students and post-docs from several universities across the world. The YHS board members manage the day to day YHS activities: organising conference sessions, creating blog posts and running the YHS twitter account.

Each board member usually serves a two-year term. Each co-chair can be run as a team of up to three people. The only exceptions are the positions of YHS chair and Secretary. The YHS chair will be chosen from the current board members.

Following positions are open to receive applications:

Secretary: The secretary is responsible to work closely with the Chair to plan meetings, activities, take minutes during the meetings, and help the coordination of different YHS activities with other board members. 1 vacancy.

Co-chair Blog: The co-chair(s) invite contributions to the blog and serve as editors and reviewers. There is a close connection to the EGU Hydrological Sciences, HEPEX and AGU H3S blogs in the form of joint blog posts. Up to 3 vacancies.

Co-chair National Branches: The co-chair(s) support new and established national YHS branches and national representatives where necessary. Current chair staying: Bethel Ugochukwu Ukazu. Up to 2 vacancies.

Co-chair Outreach: The co-chair(s) manage the YHS platforms on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. That includes sharing YHS news, early career events and job opportunities. Current chair staying: Iskra Mejia-Estrada. Up to 2 vacancies.

Co-chair Diversity: The co-chair(s) aim to make all activities of YHS inclusive for all. They provide resources and information and take part in diversity initiatives of the wider community. Current chair staying: Pedro Torralbo. Up to 2 vacancies.

We welcome applications from all Early Career Hydrologists. If you have any questions about the positions you are welcome to contact current or former chairs.

Election Procedure:

  • Open call for candidates in November/December 2020. Interested candidates are invited to apply by sending an email with the subject “YHS Board 2021-2022” with a single file PDF including (1) 200-word statement of purpose for an specified role along with (2) a 2-page CV to younghydrologicsociety@gmail.com by Thursday 15th December 2020
  • Based on the applications a short list for each open position is created by the current secretary/co-chair(s), and the current YHS board selects the new co-chair(s).
  • The new secretary/co-chairs are announced in December and will start their 2-year term from January 2021.
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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: https://www.ohhappydani.com/, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohhappydani/?hl=en, Twitter: https://twitter.com/ohhappydani)

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

References

[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, http://openseventeen.org/) 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.

For more information and to submit a proposal visit: https://hydrohub.wmo.int/en/news-events/call-challenges-ai-operational-hydrology

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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: www.safetoolbox.info).

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.

Timeline

  • 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 http://www.stahy2019.org/early_career_course/. All the other information are available on the website http://www.stahy2019.org/.

About the author:
Svenja Fischer (Svenja.fischer@rub.de) 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, describe the advantages and disadvantages of using preprints in research workflows, and provide 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 are affiliated with journals. For example, the European Geophysical Union (EGU) sponsored Hydrology and Earth Systems Science (HESS) Discussions (https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/discussion_papers.html) is affiliated with EGU’s HESS journal. As another example, 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.

Wagener

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 caitlyn.hall@asu.edu

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: http://www.stahy2019.org.

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

About the author:
Svenja Fischer (Svenja.fischer@rub.de) 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.

References
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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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.

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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.

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Morgan Levy

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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.

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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: http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2016/students/.

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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: http://egu2017.eu/pico.html

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Early Career events @ WaterNet Gaborone 26 – 28 Oct

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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!

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Chair: Nilay Dogulu (Middle East Technical University)

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Secretary: Harsh Beria (University of Lausanne)

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Co-chair: Wouter Berghuijs (University of Bristol)

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