Report Identifies Key Research Directions for Hydrologic Sciences


Water is central to the physical and biological processes that have produced the world as we know it. Understanding the role of water in the past, present, and future of Earth’s systems is the backbone of hydrologic sciences, and many challenging research opportunities remain.


CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES, a new report from the National Research Council, reviews the current status of hydrologic science and identifies new opportunities to advance the field for better understanding of the water cycle that can be used to improve human welfare and the health of the environment. The report highlights major areas that define the key scientific challenges in the coming decade and outlines difficult concepts in each area, indicating some of the most important research directions for the future.


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