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HS Hydrological Sciences Division on Hydrological Sciences

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Division on Hydrological Sciences
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Division on Hydrological Sciences

President: Maria-Helena Ramos (hs@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Alberto Viglione (alberto.viglione@polito.it)

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, including a subdivision on general hydrology (monitoring and cross cutting issues). Distinct fields within the broad area of hydrology are covered. Each Subdivision Committee organises a set of oral, poster or PICO sessions to cover its field. The members of the Subdivision Committees meet during the EGU 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 activities 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 is in the EGU Blogsphere

Hydrological Science Division is also on twitter #EGU_HS

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

Martha C. Anderson

Martha C. Anderson

  • 2022
  • John Dalton Medal

The 2022 John Dalton Medal is awarded to Martha C. Anderson for ground-breaking contributions to the development and application of multi-scale thermal remote sensing to evapotranspiration and drought impact assessments.


Wouter Buytaert

Wouter Buytaert

  • 2022
  • Henry Darcy Medal

The 2022 Henry Darcy Medal is awarded to Wouter Buytaert for contributions to improving water security in poorly gauged and challenging regions, through the development of innovative analysis methods and approaches for data collection and citizen science.


Manuela I. Brunner

Manuela I. Brunner

  • 2022
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2022 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Manuela I. Brunner for outstanding contributions in the field of statistical hydrology of extremes, encompassing floods and droughts, and regional risk assessment.


Niko Wanders

Niko Wanders

  • 2022
  • Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists

The 2022 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Scientists is awarded to Niko Wanders for outstanding research in forecasting large-scale hydrological extremes and predicting global water cycle functions under rapidly increasing human-water interactions.


Berit Arheimer

Berit Arheimer

  • 2021
  • Henry Darcy Medal

The 2021 Henry Darcy Medal is awarded to Berit Arheimer for her scientific leadership in policy-relevant large-scale modelling of water quality and quantity, promotion of open hydrology, and her excellence in managing research groups.


Brian Berkowitz

Brian Berkowitz

  • 2021
  • John Dalton Medal

The 2021 John Dalton Medal is awarded to Brian Berkowitz for his seminal contributions to flow and anomalous transport in natural porous and fractured media with pioneering experimental methods and novel conceptual frameworks.


Matteo Giuliani

Matteo Giuliani

  • 2021
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2021 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Matteo Giuliani for outstanding contributions to water resources research, including water management, water policy, multi-objective water reservoir operations, and coupled human-natural processes.


Giulia Mazzotti

Giulia Mazzotti

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Giulia Mazzotti Improved representation of forest snow processes in coarse-resolution models: Lessons learnt from upscaling hyper-resolution simulations


Martin Gauch

Martin Gauch

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Martin Gauch Multi-Timescale LSTM for Rainfall-Runoff Forecasting


Raphael Rehm

Raphael Rehm

  • 2021
  • Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award

The 2021 Virtual Outstanding Student and PhD candidate Presentation (vOSPP) Award is awarded to Raphael Rehm The transport of microplastic on agriculture soils via soil erosion

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In the July issue of The Loupe, scientists share insights and learnings from diverse ecosystems under threat today. Researchers from Northwestern University have developed a physics-based numerical model to predict areas susceptible to landslides, Savanna conservationist Abraham Dabengwa tells us of his work in grassland biomes where fires, large herbivores, and humans are involved in the development and maintenance of these ecosystems, and scientists investigate the emergence of new seasons created by anthropogenic effects on our planet.

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