Observations and Modeling Across Scales:

Symposium in Honor of Eric Wood
Princeton University, June 2-3, 2016







Observations and Modeling of Land Surface Water and Energy Exchanges across Scales: HESS Special Issue in Honor of Eric F. Wood

Land surface hydrology represents the study of the exchanges of water and energy between the land and the atmosphere, and the movement of water within and over the land surface. These processes have immediate and significant impacts on the quality of life on earth. The focus of this HESS special issue is the cascading, through various hydrologic subsystems, of the heterogeneities (in space) and variability (in time) that arise from the nonlinear, dynamical interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere, how they manifest in hydrologic variability at a range of scales including extremes, and how they can be observed, modeled, predicted and utilized for decision making at a wide range of time and space scales. The broad range of topics to be covered in the special issue will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The nature of the heterogeneity of the land surface and precipitation, with a focus on organization and self-similarity, and the interactive impact on the heterogeneity of soil moisture, runoff production and evapotranspiration.
  • Parameterization of the effects of sub-grid heterogeneity of landscape properties and soil moisture on grid-scale water and energy fluxes in large catchment-to-global scale hydrologic models
  • Effects of human impacts on the nature of hydrologic variability including the frequency and magnitude of floods and droughts, and associated coupled human-water system feedbacks
  • Approaches to multi-scale measurements of hydrologic variability including both ground-based measurements and remote sensing, and their synthesis
  • The nature of land surface-atmosphere interactions and feedbacks, including global teleconnections, and implications for local, regional and global climate change impacts
  • Controls, interactions and changes of continental and global water and energy cycles
  • The nature of hydrological predictability as derived from land surface memory, land-atmosphere interactions and climate predictability, and how this varies with season and location
  • Flood and drought predictability, real time forecasting, and associated risk assessments
This special issue, consisting of both invited and contributed papers, is brought out in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Professor Eric Wood to hydrologic science and practice, and to water resources engineering, and to a lifetime of service to and leadership of the hydrologic science community. In a career spanning four decades, Professor Wood has made significant contributions to the fields of hydrology and water resources management, from his early development of ideas on hydrologic scaling behavior to more recent work on bringing together ground and satellite observations with large-scale modeling to understand and predict changes in the hydrological cycle.

Guest Editors

Murugesu Sivapalan, Marc Bierkens, Jason Evans, Pierre Gentine, Dennis Lettenmaier, Matt McCabe, Reed Maxwell, Luis Samaniego, Bob Su, Remko Uijlenhoet, Albert van Dijk, Niko Verhoest

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) Special Issue

The special issue is already open. Authors can already submit their contributions by using the online registration form on the HESS webiste

It is extremely important (to avoid unnecessary hassles) that during the registration process you select the correct special issue. Our special issue is titled:
"Observations and modeling of land surface water and energy exchanges across scales: special issue in Honor of Eric F. Wood" with guest editors: M. Sivapalan, M.B. Bierkens, J. P. Evans, P. Gentine, D. Lettenmaier, M. McCabe, R. Maxwell, L. Samaniego, B. Su, R. Uijlenhoet, A.I.J.M. van Dijk, and N.E.C. Verhoest

Everyone should be able to follow the progress of the special issue over the next year in the HESS special issue website

Important Information – Publication Charges:Please be aware that HESS is an Open Access journal and unlike regular journals papers submitted to HESS incur publication charges. Typically papers submitted in Word format incur roughly 90 EUR per journal page in charges (75 EUR per journal page if you use a LaTeX format). More information about HESS open access policies and publication charges can be found here

Some authors (especially in Europe) can get financial support under some circumstances. For more information please see the documentation on the financial support.

Under exceptional circumstances some authors may be eligible for fee waivers. If you are in need of support please contact one of the guest editors or the local organizing committee.

Deadline: August 31, 2016 for regular contributed papers. For invited review or synthesis papers only the deadline is extended to December 31, 2016. These deadlines will not be extended under any circumstances.

Contact (guest editors):

Murugesu Sivapalan; Marc Bierkens; Jason Evans; Pierre Gentine; Dennis Lettenmaier; Matt McCabe; Reed Maxwell; Luis Samaniego; Bob Su; Remko Uijlenhoet; Albert van Dijk; Niko Verhoest

Contact (LOC):

Justin Sheffield