Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH)–a community perspective

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Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH)–a community perspective. / Blöschl, Günter; Feiccabrino, James; Tussupova, Kamshat; Zhang, Yongqiang; et al.

In: Hydrological Sciences Journal, Vol. 64, No. 10, 07.2019, p. 1141-1158.

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Blöschl, Günter ; Feiccabrino, James ; Tussupova, Kamshat ; Zhang, Yongqiang ; et al. / Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH)–a community perspective. In: Hydrological Sciences Journal. 2019 ; Vol. 64, No. 10. pp. 1141-1158.

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T1 - Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH)–a community perspective

AU - Blöschl, Günter

AU - Feiccabrino, James

AU - Tussupova, Kamshat

AU - Zhang, Yongqiang

AU - et al.

N1 - Export Date: 22 July 2019

PY - 2019/7

Y1 - 2019/7

N2 - This paper is the outcome of a community initiative to identify major unsolved scientific problems in hydrology motivated by a need for stronger harmonisation of research efforts. The procedure involved a public consultation through online media, followed by two workshops through which a large number of potential science questions were collated, prioritised, and synthesised. In spite of the diversity of the participants (230 scientists in total), the process revealed much about community priorities and the state of our science: a preference for continuity in research questions rather than radical departures or redirections from past and current work. Questions remain focused on the process-based understanding of hydrological variability and causality at all space and time scales. Increased attention to environmental change drives a new emphasis on understanding how change propagates across interfaces within the hydrological system and across disciplinary boundaries. In particular, the expansion of the human footprint raises a new set of questions related to human interactions with nature and water cycle feedbacks in the context of complex water management problems. We hope that this reflection and synthesis of the 23 unsolved problems in hydrology will help guide research efforts for some years to come. © 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

AB - This paper is the outcome of a community initiative to identify major unsolved scientific problems in hydrology motivated by a need for stronger harmonisation of research efforts. The procedure involved a public consultation through online media, followed by two workshops through which a large number of potential science questions were collated, prioritised, and synthesised. In spite of the diversity of the participants (230 scientists in total), the process revealed much about community priorities and the state of our science: a preference for continuity in research questions rather than radical departures or redirections from past and current work. Questions remain focused on the process-based understanding of hydrological variability and causality at all space and time scales. Increased attention to environmental change drives a new emphasis on understanding how change propagates across interfaces within the hydrological system and across disciplinary boundaries. In particular, the expansion of the human footprint raises a new set of questions related to human interactions with nature and water cycle feedbacks in the context of complex water management problems. We hope that this reflection and synthesis of the 23 unsolved problems in hydrology will help guide research efforts for some years to come. © 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

KW - hydrology

KW - interdisciplinary

KW - knowledge gaps

KW - research agenda

KW - science questions

KW - Water management

KW - Disciplinary boundaries

KW - Environmental change

KW - Hydrological system

KW - Hydrological variability

KW - Knowledge gaps

KW - Research agenda

KW - Hydrology

U2 - 10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507

DO - 10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507

M3 - Article

VL - 64

SP - 1141

EP - 1158

JO - Hydrological Sciences Journal

JF - Hydrological Sciences Journal

SN - 0262-6667

IS - 10

ER -