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Division on Hydrological Sciences

President: Elena Toth (hs@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Maria-Helena Ramos (maria-helena.ramos@irstea.fr)

The hydrological sciences have their own division within the European Geosciences Union. The Hydrological Sciences Divisions is concerned with all aspects of the terrestrial hydrological cycle (including precipitation, surface water, soil water, groundwater) from the pore scale to the global scale, and its relationships and interactions with the atmospheric part of the hydrological cycle. The division also covers the interaction between hydrology and geomorphology (e.g., erosion, sedimentation, groundwater systems), the relationships between hydrology and soils, as well as the interaction between the hydrosphere and the biosphere (e.g., ecohydrology, wetlands). Furthermore, the ways in which hydrological processes are observed, quantitatively computed, and forecasted are addressed by the division. Management and operation of water resources by societies in various parts of the world is also within the division's realm.

The Hydrological Sciences Division (HS) has five main tasks:

  • Organizing the hydrological part of the program during the annual EGU General Assembly
  • Running its on-line open access journal: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)
  • Recognizing deserving colleagues in various stages of their careers with its Award program.
  • Encouraging the interaction and active participation of young hydrologists within the hydrological community 
  • Circulating news, information, job adverts, announcements of opportunity or meetings that may be relevant to the hydrological community       

Such tasks require considerable (voluntary!) input from many people, and offer plenty of opportunities to become actively involved.

To ensure that the sessions during the General Assembly cover our science as comprehensively as possible, there are currently ten Subdivisions for distinct fields within the broad area of hydrology. Each SubDivision Committee organizes a set of oral and poster sessions to cover its field. The members of the SubDivisions Committees meet during the General Assembly and start preparing the draft programme for next year’s meeting in late spring/early summer. Membership of the committees of these SubDivisions is open: you can e-mail the SubDivision Committee Chair to request membership or you may directly join the meeting during the general Assembly, to get involved in the SubDivision activites and in particular in the organisation of the programme, including proposal of sessions and volunteering as convener or co-convener (see overview of Programme Organisation and Convener Tasks ).

You can also become involved in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) journal. In addition to submitting your best scientific work to HESS, consider that the journal needs both referees and members of its Editorial Board to cover a sufficiently broad spectrum of expertise to adequately handle all incoming papers. If you would like to become active as a referee or as an editor you may therefore consider informing any editor or Executive Editor of your wish.

The Division contributes to the EGU Awards & Medals programme that recognises every year eminent scientists for their outstanding research contribution and identifies the awardees as role models for the next generation of young scientists to foster geosciences research. In particular, members of the Division are invited to contribute to the nominations (deadline are every year on the 15th June, see here) for both the young and senior HS Division Awards and Medals (link).

The EGU offers a platform for young scientists to become involved in hydrological research, through sessions, social events and short courses at the annual General Assembly in April. Several activities are especially aimed for Young Scientists in the Hydrological Science, organised with the help of the Young Hydrologic Society

Lastly, you are invited to share the news/information that may be of interest to the EGU Hydrological Sciences community, by sending a tweet to @EGU_HS or filling in the activity calendar webform.

Do not hesitate to contact the Division President or any Division Officer if you need any additional information on our activities!

Latest news

Hydrological Science Division now on twitter

The Hydrological Science Division of EGU has adopted a twitter account to share:

  • Division updates and news
  • Recent papers published in HESS and by HS division members
  • Hydrology related news articles 
  • News focussing on students and young scientist (e.g. summer courses, PhD-Postdoc opportunities)
  • Hydrology related online lectures 
  • And more

Recent awardees

Alberto Montanari

Alberto Montanari

  • 2018
  • Henry Darcy Medal

The 2018 Henry Darcy Medal is awarded to Alberto Montanari for his physically based stochastic modelling and the major impact this had on water-resources engineering and management.


Gabriel G. Katul

Gabriel G. Katul

  • 2018
  • John Dalton Medal

The 2018 John Dalton Medal is awarded to Gabriel G. Katul for his fundamental contributions to the theory and measurement of evapotranspiration, canopy turbulence and ecosystem fluxes.


Yoshihide Wada

Yoshihide Wada

  • 2018
  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

The 2018 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Yoshihide Wada for his pioneering research on estimating global water use and water availability, and for capturing the effects of the human footprint on the global hydrological cycle.


Dani Or

Dani Or

  • 2017
  • John Dalton Medal

The 2017 John Dalton Medal is awarded to Dani Or for groundbreaking, field-broadening contributions in soil hydro-physics and soil mechanics, for being instrumental in starting the field of soil biophysics, and for helping the research community advance scientific frontiers.


Anne F. van Loon

Anne F. van Loon

  • 2017
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2017 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Anne F. van Loon for her innovative research on the feedbacks between climatic and anthropogenic-induced drought and their impacts on water availability.


Bart Schilperoort

Bart Schilperoort

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Bart Schilperoort Using Distributed Temperature Sensing for evaporation measurements


Camille Kerboas

Camille Kerboas

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Camille Kerboas Bacterial trajectories tracked with time-lapse video-microscopy reveal the impact of manganese biomineralization on bacterial sedimentation.


Claire Merker

Claire Merker

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Claire Merker Rain radar measurement error estimation using data assimilation in an advection-based nowcasting system


Hannes Müller

Hannes Müller

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Hannes Müller Rainfall disaggregation for hydrological modeling: Is there a need for spatial consistence?


Rachel Bazile

Rachel Bazile

  • 2017
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards

The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Rachel Bazile Should we use seasonnal meteorological ensemble forecasts for hydrological forecasting? A case study for nordic watersheds in Canada.

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

Earlier this month, we hosted a record-breaking number of participants (over 15,000) at our annual EGU General Assembly in Vienna. The meeting included over 17,000 poster, oral and PICO presentations in over 650 sessions, as well as a number of popular short courses and side events. We are grateful to all participants, including conveners, the EGU Programme Committee, Copernicus Meetings, conference assistants, and ACV and EGU office staff, for making the meeting a success.

If you participated in the meeting, we especially welcome your suggestions and feedback (deadline: 3 June), which will be instrumental in ensuring an even more successful General Assembly in 2019 (7–12 April, Vienna).

Finally, we would like to remind you that we are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 EGU awards and medals. To promote the best deserving geoscientists from around the world and increase diversity in the group of EGU awardees and medallists, we encourage the EGU membership to consider gender, geographical, and cultural balance when nominating outstanding Earth, planetary and space scientists at various career stages. Please consider submitting a nomination by 15 June.

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