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Where did the scientific method go?

Where did the scientific method go?

… And can we please bring it back? Contributed by Marie-Amélie Boucher (Université de Sherbrooke, Canada)  I like the scientific method. I like it because it makes us focus on the acquisition of new knowledge following a rigorous path and does not devalue results that go against initial expectations. However, it seems to me that in hydrology, like in many applied sciences we focus mostly on reaching research objectives, or goals. Objective-centered research: what is the problem with research objectives?…

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HEPEX 2019 Year in Review

HEPEX 2019 Year in Review

In the last HEPEX blog post of the year, we’re taking a look back at our highlights of 2019! This year, we published 25 blog posts, with contributions from HEPEX-ers across the globe. But first of all, a quick reminder of important HEPEX events coming up soon: The abstract deadline for EGU 2019 (3-8 May, Vienna) is fast approaching – don’t forget to submit your abstract by 15th January! Click here for information on the Hydrological Forecasting sub-division over the past 10…

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Women In Hydrological Forecasting: a Call for Action

Women In Hydrological Forecasting: a Call for Action

Today is International Women’s Day, and many professional societies and communities of practice reflect on issues of gender balance, recognising achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, political or otherwise. Within HEPEX, our then HEPEX columnist Bettina Schaefli reflected on gender balance in the EGU, raising the “big open question is here of course what we can do about this in our everyday work?”. Hydrological forecasting has many more individuals that deserve mentioning. However, if we…

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Can hydrological forecasting contribute to Science & Art projects?

Can hydrological forecasting contribute to Science & Art projects?

Contributed by Maria-Helena Ramos and Louise Arnal. In 1991, L. D. James starts his book chapter stating that “[i]n content, hydrology is a science; in practice it is an art”. The discussion that follows reflects on the links between science and practice at the time of writing, questioning how much “the art of hydrology [was becoming] increasingly outdated” and highlighting the “pressure for new methods” to keep on securing decision makers in water resources planning with “sound scientific information for…

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An Interview with Rafael Pimentel – Winner of the HEPEX Logo Competition

An Interview with Rafael Pimentel – Winner of the HEPEX Logo Competition

Contributed by Ilias Pechlivanidis. Rafael (also known as Rafa) has been a key member of SMHI’s Hydrology R&D group for about 2 years. I personally got to meet him a year earlier at EGU to discuss about hydrological processes in data-sparse mountainous regions and Spanish reservoir regulations which are quite difficult to describe. However what makes Rafa unique is the multi-dimensionality of his character that can jump from serious to funny and from hydrological world explorer to the winner of…

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