By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Water Science and Technology Board, Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences
New examine possibilities to boost hydrologic sciences promise a greater figuring out of the position of water within the Earth method that may aid enhance human welfare and the health and wellbeing of our surroundings. achieving this figuring out would require either exploratory examine to raised know how the normal surroundings features, and problem-driven examine, to satisfy wishes equivalent to flood security, provide of ingesting water, irrigation, and water pollutants. Collaboration between hydrologists, engineers, and scientists in different disciplines may be critical to assembly the interdisciplinary examine demanding situations define during this file. New technological features in distant sensing, chemical research, computation, and hydrologic modeling may help scientists leverage new examine possibilities.
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All rights reserved. Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences THE HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES 21 Chemical Analytical Instrumentation In Chapter 3 on critical and emerging scientific areas, the Blue Book acknowledged that tools and knowledge from the fields of environmental chemistry and aqueous geochemistry are key to understanding water movement, establishing erosional and climatic histories, and describing important biogeochemical processes such as solute transformation, ecological function, and contaminant fate.
Today, MS techniques in many labs utilize “nontraditional” stable isotope analysis, which included elements such as lithium and boron and now includes rockforming and biologically important elements such as silicon and calcium, as well as many trace metals such as copper, molybdenum, and even mercury. These new techniques provide insights into geochemical and biogeochemical processes as well as describe water pathways. In addition, development of the measurement technology to detect cosmogenically produced isotopes such as 10Be and 26Al in minerals has transformed the field of geomorphology by providing dates of topographic surfaces and rates and patterns of erosion processes.
This report builds on that foundation by stressing not only further building of hydrologic science, but also the interdisciplinary potential of a science with an established foundation. 15 The committee was asked to report on challenges and opportunities in the hydrologic sciences. ” Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences 42 CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES REFERENCES Crutzen, P. J. 2002. Geology of mankind.
Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Water Science and Technology Board, Committee on Challenges and Opportunities in the Hydrologic Sciences