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Project Title:

Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences
PIN: DELS-WSTB-09-06        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Water Science and Technology Board

RSO: Helsabeck, Laura

Subject/Focus Area: Earth Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies

Project Scope
This study will identify the challenges and opportunities in the hydrologic sciences, including (1) a review of the current status of hydrology and its subfields and of their coupling with related geosciences and biosciences, and (2) the identification of promising new opportunities to advance hydrologic sciences for better understanding of the water cycle that can be used to improve water resources and environmental engineering and management.  The goal is to target new research directions that utilize the capabilities of new technologies and not to critique existing programs at NSF or elsewhere.  The study will not make budgetary recommendations.

Specifically, the study will:

Identify important and emerging issues where  hydrology  and related  sciences can contribute by working together,

Assess how current research modalities impact the ability of hydrologic sciences to address important and emerging issues,

Identify needs and research opportunities for making significant advances in hydrologic sciences, and

Assess  current capabilities  and identify opportunities to strengthen observational systems, data management, modeling capacity, and collaborations needed to support continued advancement of hydrologic sciences.

The project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The approximate start date for the project is October 1st, 2009.

A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 12/15/2009
 Meeting 2 - 01/21/2010
 Meeting 3 - 06/03/2010
 Meeting 4 - 09/09/2010
 Meeting 5 - 02/10/2011
 Meeting 6 - 06/16/2011


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Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences