Hallway Conversations – Martyn Clark (August 2019)

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Sina Khatami (SK)

Martyn on the summit of Ha Ling Peak, Alberta, Canada

Martyn is a Professor of Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan, Associate Director of the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Hydrology and the Canmore Coldwater Laboratory, Editor-in-Chief of Water Resources Research, and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Martyn’s research focuses in three main areas: (i) the developing and evaluating process-based hydrologic models; (ii) understanding the sensitivity of water resources to climate variability and change; and (iii) developing the next generation streamflow forecasting systems. Martyn has authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles since receiving his PhD in 1998.

I was in Vienna for EGU 2019 that I realized that Martyn Clark (MC) is also coming. I decided to ask him for an interview, and so I sent him an email. As thrilling as the opportunity for me was, I got anxious. I was thinking in my head to be professional, ask him good questions, don’t embarrass myself, not to waste his time, etc. Not to mention that an interview with a smart and intelligent scientist can be quite intimidating as well.  Martyn accepted my interview request cheerfully. As we were chatting over email to set the date and venue to meet, my anxiety morphed into comfort and further excitement. We set the meeting details, and his final email to me was “Cool bananas.. see you soon.

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YESS-YHS-APECS-AGU-WCRP Joint Early Career Researcher workshop

Water Cycle in a 1.5°C warmer world: interdisciplinary approaches

AGU Fall Meeting 2019 –  December 7, 2019
Afternoon (Tentative timeslot: 1-5 PM)

Co-organised by: YESS-APECS-YHS
Supported by: WCRP & AGU 

The joint early career researchers (ECR) workshop “Water Cycle in a 1.5°C warmer world: interdisciplinary approaches’’ aims to bring together students and early career researchers to discuss 1) a joint perspective on the water cycle and governance under climate change, from the fundamental processes to societal impacts, 2) to identify how the science of the upcoming generation of researchers can be integrated in the current WCRP Grand challenges and the new WCRP Strategy, and 3) to explore how the various early career researchers networks can work in a more integrative manner, benefit from each other, and improve their communications channels.

The call for applications is open now, apply here. 

Special emphasis will be put on proposing an ECR’s roadmap to address future of research on water related research in the context of climate change in an interdisciplinary manner. The workshop will serve to identify research topics in which ECRs could contribute to the current and future climate research while exerting their career paths in Earth system science, promoting inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches.

This workshop is jointly organized by the Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS), the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS); and is open to all networks of young scientists that have relevant research interest to the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Few things to note:

  • The workshop will be conducted in English, and all participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language.
  • All selected participants shall attend the AGU Fall Meeting 2019.
  • Limited travel funding may be available, depending on need. Please indicate your needs in the application form.


  • Workshop application close: 7 September 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 25 September 2019

More information can be found on the WCRP website

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Hallway Conversations – Grey Nearing

A –Streams of Thought– contribution by Sina Khatami.

20180403_headshots_17Asst/Prof. Grey Nearing is a hydrologist at the Department of Geological Sciences at
The University of Alabama (UA). Prior to joining UA, he has worked as Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Researchand, and Research Scientist at the NASA Hydrologic Sciences Lab. I’ve enjoyed an ongoing dialectical debate with Grey, intense yet delightful, on the philosophy of science particularly hydrological uncertainty. It’s been a pleasure to interview Grey.

Can you tell us a little about your background and education?
I studied Math in undergraduate because I felt that this would keep my options open in terms of future career paths. I went into the Environmental Sciences mostly because this is where I found a graduate assistantship (through the US Department of Agriculture). I chose my PhD adviser because I enjoyed reading his papers. Continue reading

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IAHS Workshops at IUGG 2019 in Montréal

The 27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly 2019 (IUGG 2019) is organized in Montréal, Québec, Canada between July 8-19, 2019. The sessions within scientific program of IAHS can be seen in this here. The full IUGG 2019 searchable scientific program is available and can be accessed through this link.

IAHS Early Career Committee complements the IAHS scientific program with 5 workshops. Although these workshops are organized by and for Early Career Scientists, they are open to everyone. Don’t forget to add them in your schedule! Please note that a pre-registration is not necessary. The workshops will be open to a limited number of participants selected on a first come-first served basis. The descriptions of the workshops are available at the end of this post.

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Research “Hylight”: Evaluating model performance: towards a non-parametric variant of the Kling-Gupta efficiency by Pool, Vis & Seibert (2018)

Sandra_PoolLast year, Sandra Pool and colleagues published a technical paper in Hydrological Sciences Journal that proposing a modification of the Kling-Gupta efficiency towards a non-parametric metric. We thought it was an interesting choice of topic and went to ask her a few questions about the paper.

Where are you from, where are you based, and what are you working on now?
I’m from Switzerland and work at EAWAG, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology as a post-doc. I completed my PhD studies at the University of Zurich, in the Hydrology and Climate group with Jan Seibert as my main supervisor. The main focus during my PhD was on the value of data for hydrological modelling, which includes model evaluation criteria. I’m currently researching the effect of irrigation modernization on groundwater recharge: plot scale studies have shown that drip irrigation is more water-efficient than flood irrigation, but at the catchment scale this effect is less clear. I’m trying to understand why we get different results at different spatial scales. Continue reading

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