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.


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


• 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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