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.

On the first day, after an introduction of the workshop, we had our first highlight talk by Peter van Oevelens, the director of International GEWEX Project Office, introducing the role and mission of GEWEX in the international science community. His talk outlined the role of World Climate Research program (WRCP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Energy and Water Exchange (GEWEX).

I found it quite useful to get a refresher on all the acronyms and an overview of the different global projects underway for climate and water research across the globe. It proved useful during the conference the following week, where I felt much more at ease following presentations and discussions about these programs. After lunch, Prof. John Pomeroy, Director of the Global Water Futures program, gave a talk highlighting the importance of combining observations and modeling to gain information on the processes at play in the hydrological world. Drawing from multiple examples of mountain and snow hydrology, Prof. Pomeroy explained how intensive field observations can be used to develop models, to increase our understanding of our study environment and to predict future changes.

We then jumped in a yellow school bus and headed into the mountains to visit the Fortress Snow and Climate Observatory. Located in scenic Kananaskis Provincial Park 75 km from Canmore, the Fortress Snow and Climate Observatory is a state-of-the-art network of automated weather stations to investigate cold region mountain hydrology. We learned about the challenges of setting and maintaining an observation network, and the importance of such programs for hydrological and climate studies. This field visit was followed by an evening at the Canmore Brewing Company, where the workshop participants socialized and enjoyed tasty beverages.

On the second day, after an impulse talk by Graeme Stephens – Co-Director of NASA JPL, USA- on the challenges in the science of weather, water and climate extremes, we split the participants into two break-out groups.

For the data sources group, the goal was to explore the usage of conventional and unconventional data and new technologies to provide better weather, water and climate data services. For the second group, the goal was to explore the opportunities to provide the required regional information at appropriate spatial scales for varied user needs. For each group, participants spent the day discussing these topics in the context of water and weather extremes. In these diverse groups, composed of ECRs from different regions, with different expertise and at different stages in their career, the participants brought their own perspective to enrich the discussions. For example, ECRs working on irrigation hydrology, snow precipitation and changing hurricane frequency got to sit together and discuss data challenges and opportunities, how to balance fundamental and user-driven science, and how to bridge the gap between local, regional and global scale research.

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To finish the day and enjoy the beautiful setting of the conference location, we split the group in small groups and went for a walk outside to discuss the current state and challenges of the ECR community. We discussed 5 topics: empowering early career scientists from underrepresented groups, involvement in the global community, raising the scientific profile of the ECR communities, engaging community members in the consolidation of the networks and interdisciplinarity. These discussions pointed out the dual purpose for the networks such as YESS and YHS: professional development, to help the transition from student to professional researchers, and promoting ECRs at an international stage, by pushing for a stronger voice and presence of ECRs in the research community. On the third day, the groups came back together to present the results of their discussion and tie them together to present to the GEWEX community at the end of the conference.

After a well-deserved day off on Sunday, all the participants came back to the conference center on the bright and early Monday morning for the beginning to the GEWEX OSC. Discussions moved from the roles of ECRs to our own science projects, and for the rest of the week, we learned and discussed climate, weather and water extremes. Having heard glimpses of everyone’s research during the workshop, it was really nice to now have time to go more in depth into their topics and learn about it. Participating in the workshop exposed us to a larger community – another great role of ECR networks. The group of people I felt comfortable interacting with at meals and breaks expanded from my own research group to all the workshop participants, most of whom I had never met even before.

In addition to presenting our own research during the conference, we also had the opportunity to present the outcomes of the workshop during the plenary session on early career researchers at the GEWEX OSC.

We had a very inspiring and fruitful ECR Workshop and are looking forward to continuing our discussions during the write-up of a white paper, on the challenges and ways forward for regional weather, water and climate information. Keep an eye out towards the end of 2018 to hear the results of our discussions!

This workshop was jointly organized by YESS and YHS in close consultation with the GEWEX OSC Organizing Committee and was kindly supported by WMO, WCRP, and GEWEX OSC Sponsors*. Travel support was provided through direct sponsorship of WMO as well as through the GEWEX OSC and their sponsors.

Please find more information about the workshop here (http://www.yess-community.org/2018/05/03/yessyhs-workshop/)

*GEWEX OSC sponsors: https://www.gewexevents.org/events/2018conference/sponsors/

About the authors

Caroline Aubry-Wake is a mountain hydrology PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada based at the Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore and a member of the Canadian Young Hydrologic Society. Gaby Langendijk is a PhD Candidate at Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) focusing on climate change impacts in urban areas. Marisol Osman and Carle Gulizia are both at the CIMA-CONICET/UBA in Argentina.

 

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

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

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Hydroinformatics for hydrology: extreme value modelling

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

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

By Natasha Krell

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

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YHS @ EGU18 | EVENT SCHEDULE

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

Links to sessions

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

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

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Hallway Conversations – Johannes Cullmann

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Nilay Dogulu.

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Johannes Cullmann [Photo source: WMO]

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

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

DEADLINE: 18th December

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10 guidelines for an awesome poster

A “Streams of Thought” contribution by Andrea Popp.

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

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EGU Elections: Meet the candidates

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

Our voting advise: Go Vote!

Check our email for your voting ballot.

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EGU 2018: Call for abstracts & YHS events

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

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

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The Future of YHS

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

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Launching the YHS National Reps Initiative

Marius Floriancic & Shaun Harrigan

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

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

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Five years of YHS online

Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 5.46.15 PMOn October 18th, 2012 YHS launched this website. The first post announcing the existence of YHS only reached 38 people. Luckily, over time the visits to the website increased. By now, the website has over 50.000 page views by visitors from 162 countries. In the remainder of this post, we will highlight some of the most popular sections of the website.

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Community advice to young hydrologists

Scott T. Allen and Wouter R. Berghuijs
ETH Zurich (allensc@ethz.chwouter.berghuijs@usys.ethz.ch)
Published 17 October 2017, Download PDF Version

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

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

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

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Five years of Young Hydrologic Society

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Young Hydrologic Society. To celebrate this occasion, we will have daily posts covering highlights of the past years, an outlook to the future, and several other surprises.

In our first post of the week, we keep it short and focus on the most important part: YOU! We thank everyone that has actively contributed and/or participated to YHS activities over the past years. Without your generous help and your enthusiasm, none of this would have been possible.

 We had a lot of fun! We hope you did so too!

 On to the next five years!

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Wouter Berghuijs, Nilay Dogulu, Harsh Beria, Andrea Popp, Shaun Harrigan, Hannes Müller, Marius Floriancic, Tim van Emmerik.

Here’s a link to a paper that describes a bit of the history of YHS.

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Hallway Conversations – Harry Lins

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Nilay Dogulu.

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Harry Lins at WMO Secretariat, Geneva (September 2017)

Dr. Harry Lins is a hydrologist specialized in stochastic hydrology and hydroclimatology, and the current President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Hydrology (CHy). He chaired the annual meeting of the Advisory and Management Committees for the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) (held from 4-5 September 2017 at WMO Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland). Attending the same meeting as part of my (external) consultancy for the APFM Technical Support Unit, I took the opportunity to interview him. Harry Lins kindly accepted answering our questions during one of the lunch breaks in between his busy schedule full of meetings.
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Hallway Conversations – Claudio Caponi

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Nilay Dogulu.

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Claudio Caponi in his office at the WMO Secretariat in Geneva

Claudio Caponi is the Chief of the Division of Capacity Building in Hydrology and Water Resources – one of the three divisions under the WMO’s Climate and Water (CLW) Department, Hydrology and Water Resources (HWR) Branch. He has been working at WMO Secretariat in Geneva since January 1999. He has substantial experience in capacity building for hydrological services particularly in developing countries. I met Claudio Caponi for the first time during the Expert Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in a changing climate: Lessons learned on lessons learned back in early 2015. Furthermore, I had the pleasure to work with him this summer during my time at WMO as a consultant for the HWR Branch. I took this opportunity and interviewed him to understand about the hydrological practice in the world. He kindly answered our questions at the WMO Secretariat attic floor with the amazing view of the Lake of Geneva.

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Hallway Conversations – Stefan Uhlenbrook

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Andrea Popp.

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Stefan Uhlenbrook at EGU 2017.

Stefan Uhlenbrook is working for the United Nations (UN) as the Coordinator of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and is the Director of the Programme Office on Global Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy. Additionally, he holds a professorship for experimental hydrology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Previously, he worked at UNESCO-IHE (Delft) as Professor of Hydrology as well as Vice-Rector and Director a.i. for Academic and Student Affairs. Stefan Uhlenbrook did his PhD and habilitation on investigating runoff generation processes at the University of Freiburg in Germany. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Uhlenbrook at this year’s EGU General Assembly in Vienna where I interviewed him about his work and also asked for some advice for young hydrologists.

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Research “Hylight”: Hydrological response characteristics of Mediterranean catchments at different time scales: a meta-analysis by Merheb et al.

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Mohammad Merheb

In January 2016, Mohammad Merheb and colleagues published a paper on comparative Mediterranean hydrology in Hydrological Sciences Journal. At the 2017 IAHS General Assembly, Mohammad was awarded the Tison award for this paper, and we decided to ask him a couple of questions.

Q: Let’s start with the basics. Where are you from, where are you based, and what are you working on now?

A: I am from a small village called El-Bireh located in Akkar district in the northern part of Lebanon. Now, I live and work in Tripoli, a port city in northern Lebanon where I am based at the Lebanese University. However, I must say that the article that won the Tison award was written when I was doing my PhD. I was based in Irstea, Montpellier, France and the L-CNRS, Beirut, Lebanon.

Nowadays, my main work is teaching. Nevertheless, I am still working on some research projects that I have started during my PhD. These are mostly related to catchment classification and regionalization studies.

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Research “Hylight”: Complex Picture for Likelihood of ENSO-Driven Flood Hazard by Emerton et al.

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Rebecca Emerton

In March, Rebecca Emerton and colleagues published a paper on ENSO-Driven Flood Hazard in Nature Communications. The paper found a more complex picture than is often assumed. We decided to ask Rebecca a few questions about the paper.

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Update from H3S

By Niels Claes

Less than 5 months to go until the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans starts and H3S are shifting into a higher gear with the preparation of following Fall Meeting activities:

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Early Career Events at IAHS 2017, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by  Tim van Emmerik & Nilay Dogulu.

From 10 to 14 July, 2017, the Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) took place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. For the first time, YHS organized a series of events for Early Career Scientists (ECSs) on the African continent. By combining social and scientific elements, the program was aimed at connecting ECSs from all around the world to each other, and to more established scientists.

Three main events were organized: (1) Meet the Expert: “Predictions in ungauged basins under change”, (2) How to write a paper session, and (3) Early Career Community Building Discussion Session. Below we provide a short summary of all events.

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Quick recap on EGU 2017 Short course on Hydrological Forecasting

For the first time at this year’s EGU 2017, HEPEX and the YHS jointly organised a Short course on Hydrological Forecasting. The course was focused on real-time hydrological forecasting and topics covered included:

  • Estimating predictive uncertainty (e.g. ensembles & post-processing)
  • Reducing predictive uncertainty (e.g. data assimilation)
  • Forecast verification (graphical & numeric approaches)
  • Risk-based decision making game for operational water management – it was fun!
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Enthusiastic hydrological forecasters at the EGU 2017 short course!

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A quick recap of HydroEco2017

This year’s HydroEco conference in Birmingham focussed on the growing importance of ecosystem services to hydrologic research. The conference successfully highlighted the diversity of this interdisciplinary field, with topics addressing relationships between hydrology, ecosystems and human interactions at different scales. For those interested in the diverse presentations held at HydroEco2017: check #Hydroeco17 on Twitter.

YHS organized a “Gallery walk” which aimed to discuss social issues and inequalities in academia. Poster prompts were hanging in the posters hall allowing each conference participant to share their opinions through writing. Here, we selected some interesting comments on the prompts. Thanks to everyone who participated with their inspiring contributions!

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Hydroinformatics for hydrology: geostatistical modelling

This year’s  focus for “Hydroinformatics for hydrology” short course at EGU GA 2017 was geostatistics. Being introduced to the fundamentals of geostatistics, the participants (> 60, the room was full!) had the opportunity to hear about the applications of geostatistical methods in the hydrological domain using R. We would like to thank Prof. András Bárdossy (University of Stuttgart), Dr. Emmanouil Varouchakis (Technical University of Crete) and Dr. Gerald Corzo Perez (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education). You can find the lecture slides here:

An Introduction to Geostatistics (by András Bárdossy)
Geostatistics in R (by Emmanouil Varouchakis) – will be available here soon, check this post later this month!

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The role of Early Career Scientists in community research

Repost from HEPEX blog

Contributed by Florian Pappenberger and Maria-Helena Ramos (both considerably beyond the early career stages, they admit)

Science and forecasting practice are the foundations of the HEPEX community. These are certainly the routine of many of us during our office hours and while spending time in front of your computers.

But this community is also based on individuals, and this is often what really makes it fun to go to meetings, workshops and conferences. Face-to-face interactions often bring new ideas into form (see also this previous post from CSIRO team), while also helping us to further develop interpersonal skills.

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YHS events at HydroEco2017

There are two events for young hydrologists attending the HydroEco2017  (6th International Multidisciplinary Conference on: Hydrology and Ecology) next week in Birmingham:

**** HydroEco Drinks
**** Gallery Walk

For more information please feel free to contact Andrea Popp (andrea.popp@eawag.ch) or Kevin Roche (k-roche@u.northwestern.edu). Looking forward to meeting you at HydroEco2017!

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YHS events at IAHS17

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During the upcoming IAHS from 10 – 14 July, there will be a special program for Early Career Scientists*. Although these sessions are organized by and for Early Career Scientists, they are open to everyone. The sessions aim to (1) bring together peers in an informal environment, (2) improve scientific skills such as writing, (3) stimulate scientific discussion with peers and experienced scientists, and (4) contribute to building a global community of Early Career hydrologists

1. Sun 9 July 15:00 – 17:00 | Early Career Scientist Meeting

Program with informal and scientific parts. Highlight is the Meet the Expert session, during which three experts will share their visions on “Predictions under change in ungauged basins”. After 10-15 min presentations, the floor will be opened for an interactive discussion.

Confirmed speakers: Hubert Savenije, Berit Arheimer, Thomas Skaugen

2. Mon 10 Jul 17:45 – 19:00 | How to write a paper, and get it published

This short course will shortly recall some basic aspects of paper writing (in terms e.g. of content, form and readership) and give practical tips of how to get started, how to respond to reviewers’ comments, how to “negotiate” the author list, and how to select a journal.

Confirmed speakers: Dominic Mazvimavi, Graham Jewitt

3. Mon 10 Jul 19:00 – ..:.. | Early Career Drinks & Dinner

After the Short Course, Early Career scientists can join for (non-sponsored) drinks and dinner at Blue Waters Cafe.

4. Wed 12 July 12:40 – 13:40 | Creating Community for Early Career Hydrologists

This meeting will be open to representatives of early career networks, early career leaders, and anyone who is interested in contributing or participating in creating a community for young scientists. Participants will share examples of existing early career networks and leadership activities, and brainstorm about potential improvements for the (near) future.

 

All sessions are free of charge. Registration is appreciated (can be for each session separately, or all at once), to make sure all practical arrangements are made. To register, please send an email to t.h.m.vanemmerik@tudelft.nl.

 

We look forward meeting you in Port Elizabeth!

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Research “Hylight”: Estimating how spatial heterogeneity and lateral moisture redistribution affect average evapotranspiration by Elham Rouholahnejad Freund

This year, Elham Rouholahnejad Freund published a paper on how spatial heterogeneity and lateral moisture redistribution affect average evapotranspiration rates. We decided to ask her a couple of questions.

Q: Where are you from, where are you based, and what are your research interests? 

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 4.58.05 PMI grew up in Iran, Isfahan and moved to Switzerland in 2009 to do a PhD at ETH Zurich. I am a Civil Engineer by background and studied Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science in my Master and PhD program. I finished my PhD at ETH Zurich in 2014 and did a postdoc at the department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH. I had been awarded a 2-year mobility grant by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to pursue my research in groundwater- soil moisture- atmosphere interactions. I am currently in Gent University and will move to Princeton for the second half of my scholarship.

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Meet the Expert in Hydrology: Is research at different spatial scales connected?

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by  Wouter Knoben, Shaun Harrigan, David Wright, Wouter Berghuijs

Scaling (i.e. the transfer of knowledge across scales) and scale issues (i.e. the associated problems) are at the heart of most hydrologic puzzles. In the most recent “Meet the Expert in Hydrology” session, organized at the EGU General Assembly 2017 in Vienna, YHS invited three speakers to identify to what degree their research is connected, influenced by, and influencing research at other spatial scales. By evaluating the current state of research and discussing future directions we tried to shed some new light on the question “Is hydrological research at different spatial scales connected?”. This is what we learned…

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Opinion papers in hydrology: Why and how? (short course) at EGU 2017

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Opinion paper short course at EGU17

by Anna Solcerova (Delft University of Technology, convener)

Young (and mature) scientist visiting the EGU 2017 conference had a chance to participate on a short course titled “Opinion papers in hydrology: Why and how”. Bettina Schaefli, Vazken Andréassian, and Hubert Savenije shared their experience and opinions on this topic. Participants of this course could enjoy insights into pros and cons of opinion papers, as well as personal advice of the speakers. Bettina suggested to base an opinion on a quantifiable message, while Huub believes that opinion paper should be personal and controversial. Vazken discussed the use of humour in opinion papers and emphasised the readability. Two things all speakers agreed on was that one should write only few opinion papers, and that good opinion needs “time to settle in” (just like pancake batter).

Find their presentations here:

Bettina Schaefli – Opinion papers as a tool for research branding
Hubert Savenije – Opinion papers
Vazken Andréassian – Opinion papers

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Using R in Hydrology (short course) at EGU 2017

“Using R in hydrology” short course at EGU 2017 was a great success, attracting over 100 participants (in a room with 80 seats, see photo!). We covered a wide range of hydrologically focused applications of the R programming language: reproducible documents with rmarkdown, Using R as a GIS, Hydrological modelling with airGR, as well as Visualisation, Extreme value statistics and Trend analysis of discharge time-series. The slides with all the code and example datasets are available here.

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Packed room for ‘Using R in Hydrology’ short course at EGU 2017

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EGU 2017 YHS Event: Dinner & Drinks | Wednesday 26 Apr

It is time for the annual YHS Hydrodrinks event again!

On Wednesday 26 March YHS invites all young hydrologists (and everyone that feels young and/or hydrologist) to have dinner and drinks with us.

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How to get your paper published (short course) at EGU 2017

Ross Woods (University of Bristol) taught this year’s How to write a paper short course, focussing on “How to get your hydrology paper published – dealing with editors, reviews, and revisions”. The slides of the short course are available online.

On our website, you can also find the slides of previous versions of How to write a paper.

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YHS @ EGU17 | EVENT SCHEDULE

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Research “Hylight”: CO2‐vegetation feedbacks and other climate changes implicated in reducing base flow by Ralph Trancoso et al.

Recently, Ralph Trancoso and colleagues published a paper on CO2‐vegetation feedbacks and river flow. We decided to ask him a couple of questions.

Q: Where are you from, where are you based, and what are your current research interests?

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Ralph Trancoso

A: I am from Brazil, and have moved to Brisbane in Australia, about four years ago, to undertake my PhD at the University of Queensland. Having finished PhD a couple of months ago, I am now working for the Queensland government. My current main research focus is catchment ecohydrology. By integrating hydrology, remote sensing and ecosystem sciences, I explore the spatio-temporal variability of catchments biophysical properties to generate new insights into their hydrological functioning and changes. I compare the water and energy exchanges of many catchments spanning large extents to investigate large-scale ecohydrological patterns. Continue reading

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Research “Hylight”: The global distribution and dynamics of surface soil moisture by Kaighin McColl et al.

mccollThis year, Kaighin McColl published a paper on global distribution and dynamics of surface soil moisture, based on NASA’s SMAP satellite. We decided to ask him a couple of questions about him and his research.

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10 guidelines for an awesome poster

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Andrea Popp.

A scientific poster is a visual communication tool summarizing your work and encouraging conversation with colleagues. However, posters are often poorly designed, e.g., they are densely packed and overloaded with text. This makes it difficult and tiring for the audience to understand the content. The following list provides 10 guidelines for an awesome poster to help you to communicate your work efficiently. We spiced this blog with insider tips from recent EGU and AGU Outstanding Student Poster Award winners (Skuyler Herzog, Ingo Heidbüchel, and Michael Stölzle).

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(5 Reasons to Attend the) Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and Seminar (GRS) on Catchment Science

Registration is now open for the 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and the 2017 Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Catchment Science: Interactions of Hydrology, Biology & Geochemistry. The theme of this GRC is “Crossing Boundaries and Seeking Synthesis in the Catchment Sciences.” The GRS will take place from June 25-30, 2017 at Bates College, Lewiston, ME and will be chaired by Jakob Schelker and Kevin McGuire.

For more up-to-date information on times and places for these events, please visit https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=12331 or contact Inge Wiekenkamp (i.wiekenkamp@fz-juelich.de) or Robert Sabo (Sabo.Robert@epa.gov ).

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Position Open: EGU Early Career Scientist Rep for Hydrology

The position of European Geosciences Union (EGU) Early Career Scientist (ECS) representative for the Hydrological Sciences (HS) division is now open and seeking applications for the next 2 year term (April 2017-April 2019).

Please find details and how to apply here.

Please see the the EGU ECS page for eligibility.

Deadline: 10th March 2017

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Why every scientist should make a science video

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Yvonne Smit. 

As a kid imagining a scientist, we always thought of a professor with messy grey hair, weird glasses, handling all sorts of flasks with chemicals in it (including an explosion once in a while). In our mind those chemicals were magic potions to make someone happy or (in case of the Evil Queen from Snow White) to kill somebody. Not exactly what a scientist is or does, right? Other type of scientists we could think of as a kid were the ones that invented stuff like robots, electric wings (that you could tie on your back and would make you fly), etc. The latter idea might be representing reality a tiny bit more, but most of the scientists are not like these nutty professors or dodgy inventors at all. Soon enough, you’d find out that you do not really know what it means to be a scientist, so why become one? What appeals more to the imagination are doctors, lawyers, teachers, and firemen. So my question nowadays is: how do we stimulate children to go into science? Or, formulated in a different way: how do we stimulate parents to motivate their children to go into science? Let us begin by communicating about the things we do as a scientist and create awareness! After all, we are all trying to make the earth a better place to live on. This can be done as a scientist or by anyone who is interested in science and would like to make his or her own contribution to the world. Therefore it is important to show how science is done, what its use is and how cool it can be. However, scientific articles might not be the most appealing way to deliver the message. Perhaps an informal blog or a short science video is more effective? Continue reading

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Research “Hylight”: Recent trends in U.S. flood risk by Slater and Villarini

 

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Louise Slater

Last year, Louise Slater published a paper on recent trends in U.S. flood risk in Geophysical Research Letters. The paper uses an interesting new approach to quantify changes in flood risk. We decided to ask Louise a few questions about the paper.

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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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