Planetary Processes

How can we better understand hydrologic processes on hillslopes? Bringing together the Earth System Modeling and Critical Zone communities might be a way forward. By integrating large-scale and small-scale perspectives on terrestrial water and ecosystem dynamics it could be possible to improve the realism of the models that we use to foresee the future of our planet. 

NOW PUBLISHED Fan et al. [2019] Hillslope Hydrology in Global Change Research and Earth System Modeling (Water Resources Research)

Is it possible to develop a general theory for rainfall runoff? How rain falls on land and what happens to the water is a basic concern of hydrologists. However, since all processes are scale dependent, it’s difficult to make the generalizations required for a theory. A theory focused on storage excess could be the solution. (Water Resources Research)

How can physical scientists and social scientists work together to better understand the relationships between water and society? Trust, power relationships, social stratification, cultural beliefs, and cognitive biases strongly influence the way in which people influence, and adapt to, water resources. Novel approaches are required to better integrate qualitative and quantitative information from across disciplines. (Water Resources Research)