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.


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 (
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!


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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