Hallway Conversations – Stefan Uhlenbrook

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Andrea Popp.


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.


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.


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!

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


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


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.


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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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



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.


Keirnan Fowler

Last year Keirnan Fowler and colleagues published a paper on simulating runoff under changing climatic conditions in Water Resources Research. The paper provides an interesting perspective on the ability to model climate change with the current generation of hydrological models and calibration techniques. We decided to ask Keirnan a few questions about himself and the paper.

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


Morgan Levy


Margaret Garcia

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

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YHS introduces: Research “Hylights”

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

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


Lieke Melsen

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

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Events for Early Career Scientists at the AGU 2016 Fall Meeting

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

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

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New YHS Board

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


Chair: Nilay Dogulu (Middle East Technical University)


Secretary: Harsh Beria (University of Lausanne)


Co-chair: Wouter Berghuijs (University of Bristol)

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Hallway Conversations – Steve Wondzell

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Kevin Roche.

Steven Wondzell is a Research Aquatic Ecologist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the US Forest Service. Dr. Wondzell’s research explores the hydrological and biogeochemical linkage between surface waters and groundwaters in high mountain streams. The geographic focus of this work is the HJ Andrews (HJA) experimental forest in Oregon’s Western Cascade Mountains. This Long Term Ecological Research Station (LTER) has served as both the birthplace and the proving ground for many hydrological theories in the last 40 years, and novel understanding continues to emerge from within its boundaries. I had the pleasure to sit down with Dr. Wondzell just steps from the HJA headquarters.
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Relevant graduate job websites in hydrology

Please find below the link to a list of important websites and mailing lists to keep up to date with various academic positions (graduate and postdoc opportunities + tenure track jobs) in hydrology and in general earth sciences. We hope it helps! Thanks to Harsh Beria (from the Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee of the American Geophysical Union, AGU H3S)  for compiling such an exhaustive resource!

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Inspiring Young Scientists to Serve

by Allison Goodwell (AGU H3S member)

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

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

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The Mystery of Evaporation

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

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

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AGU Hydrology Student Activities in 2016

By Kevin Roche and Evan Kipnis

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

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AGU 2016 Fall Meeting Pop-Up Session Call for Abstracts

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

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Boussinesq Summer Event

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

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

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

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

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EGU 2016: How to review a scientific paper in hydrology

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




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EGU Teaching Hydrology workshop

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



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

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


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EGU16: Hydrology Pop-UpS

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

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

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

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

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


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Hallway Conversations – Dmitri Kavetski

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Harsh Beria.

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

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