Role of hydrology in global science

W. J. Shuttleworth

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Water is the life blood of the global system and hydrology therefore central to the description of global processes. This paper describes the primary elements in hydrologists' global research agenda, namely the validation and calibration of very large-scale climate models; participation in the prediction process itself, through global scale hydrological models; and the interpretation of change predictions in terms of hydrological and agrohydrological impacts. It then seeks to identify the hydrological skills appropriate to these tasks. Finally, the paper previews the proposed hydrology-related activities under the World Climate Research Programme and the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme, which will together command and demand relevant hydrological research expertise over the next decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHydrological Interactions Between Atmosphere, Soil and Vegetation
PublisherPubl by IAHS
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0947571132
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes
Event20th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Aug 11 1991Aug 24 1991

Publication series

NameIAHS Publication (International Association of Hydrological Sciences)


Other20th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
CityVienna, Austria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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