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Mechanisms of Hydrological Evolution in Human-influenced Basins




The rapid development of human society is continuing to change the way people live. These lifestyle shifts cause substantial changes to the nature of the hydrological cycle at different spatial and temporal scales. Human activity and the water cycle system are interrelated through complex loops with non-stationary impacts and responses. Current research has not fully revealed the mechanisms and dynamics of the hydrological cycle in the context of climatic change and human impacts, which limits our understanding of human-water interactions. The development of science and technology enables new theories and methodologies which in turn create innovative pathways to explore hydrological processes and their interactions with anthropogenic changes.

The goal of this Special Issue is to improve the understanding of the evolutionary mechanisms of the hydrological cycle in human-influenced basins. By collating research on the frontier of these issues, we aim to advance our understanding of the complex human-water system, help to further improve the response to floods and droughts, better manage the water resources for production-living-ecology, and to support territorial planning more efficiently.

After the closure of the PUB Decade 2003-2012, IAHS launched the 2nd Scientific Decade 2013-2022, entitled ‘Panta Rhei - Everything Flows’: Change in Hydrology and Society. In the past decade, hydrologists around the world have discovered new paradigms, enhanced the understanding of the human-water system and found new ways to steer our society towards a more sustainable future. ‘Panta Rhei’ is approaching completion in 2022. We hope this Special Issue will be helpful and valuable for the field of hydrology and water resources.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to Hydrology Research for peer review and possible publication in a Special Issue entitled ‘Mechanisms of Hydrological Evolution in Human-influenced Basins’.

Relevant topics include:

  • Physical mechanisms of the hydrological cycle in human-influenced regions;
  • Impacts of anthropogenic change on hydrological systems;
  • Spatiotemporal variations of hydrological processes under climate change and human activities;
  • Uncertainties in human-influenced hydrological cycles;
  • Scale impacts on understanding the hydrological cycle;
  • Mechanisms of hydrological extremes and their impacts;
  • Innovation regarding hydrological observations, data analysis and modelling;
  • Data science and computing intelligence in hydrology;
  • Interactions between the hydrological cycle and human society.


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: December 30th, 2022

Expected publication: Articles will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance.


Guest Editors:

Liliang Ren, Hohai University, China

Shanshui Yuan, Hohai University, China

Momcilo Markus, Illinois State Water Survey, USA

Natalie Teale, Dartmouth College, USA

How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Hydrology Research’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – ‘Special Issue: Mechanisms of Hydrological Evolution. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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