Hydrological Sciences

Hydrologists celebrate Earth Day 2022

Hydrologists celebrate Earth Day 2022

Today is Earth Day. As hydrologists, we work closely with what covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface: water!

How do you feel when surrounded by Earth’s nature? How would you describe the contribution of your research on the water cycle to the wellbeing of our planet? If you should prepare a warning sign to join people marching in the streets on this special day, what would you write? What would you say?

To celebrate Earth Day and reflect on this ‘majestic blue marble’, we asked these questions to hydrologists from all over the world. They shared their thoughts, which are edited here below, and we hope you will enjoy reading them.

We wish you all a Happy, Peaceful and Environmentally Friendly Earth Day!













“Hydrologists celebrate Earth Day 2022” was proposed and edited:

Maria-Helena Ramos is a research scientist in hydrology and hydrometeorology at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) in France. She is president of the EGU Division on Hydrological Sciences (HS) since April 2019.

Nilay Dogulu is a keen enthusiast for science-informed operational hydrology. Her research interests deal mainly with the applications of data-driven modelling techniques in hydrology. In her PhD research, Nilay explored the use of clustering methods for understanding catchment similarity and improving runoff predictions in ungauged basins. Nilay has acted as the Early Career Scientist Representative for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) HS Division (2017-19) and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) (2018-2022).

Bettina Schaefli is a professor for hydrology at University of Bern (Switzerland). Her work has a strong focus on predicting current and future water resources and related natural hazards across spatial and temporal scales, with currently a strong focus on snow-influenced environments. She was the head of the Catchment Hydrology Subdivision of EGU from 2016-2019 and is an editor of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

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