Welcome to AGU's Hydrology (H) Section

The Hydrology Section is one of eleven in the American Geophysical Union. Its members are concerned with the cycling of continental water (solid, liquid and vapor) at all scales, and with physical, chemical and biological processes driven by that cycling. Of AGU's almost 60,000 members, about 7000 list their primary affiliation with the hydrology section.


Nominations for Union Awards now open
The nomination forms can be accessed from http://honors.agu.org/
Deadline for all Union awards: March 15, 2014

Nominations for Hydrology Section Awards now open
Deadline for all the Section awards: April 15, 2014
The award information can be found at

Early Career Hydrologic Sciences Award
Eligibility and submission requirements can be found at:

Hydrologic Sciences Award
Eligibility and submission requirements can be found at:

Walter B Langbein Lecturer
Eligibility and submission requirements can be found at:

Additional information on the awards and past recipients can be found at: http://hydrology.agu.org/awards.html

Horton Research Grant for Ph.D. Students

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Eligibility and submission requirements can be found at:

November 2013 Hydrology Section newsletter

  • Section Budget discussed (From the Section President, Page 1)
  • Fall Meeting Highlights (Page 3)

The stated purpose of the Section (per its bylaws) is "To promote the aims and activities of the American Geophysical Union within the field of hydrology and water resources including . promot[ing] the scientific study of hydrology and water resources and [making] the results of such studies available to the public; initiat[ing] and participat[ing] in hydrologic and water resource research programs including those which depend upon international cooperation, and promot[ing] cooperation among [other] scientific organizations whose objectives include furtherance of knowledge in the hydrologic and water resource disciplines."

The Section's elected leaders include the section president, president-elect, and secretary, all of whom serve two-year terms (the president-elect becomes president upon completion of his or her term as president-elect). Most Section activities are carried out by standing committees for the selection of awards and other pu rposes, along with nine technical committees. All of the committees report to an Executive Subcommittee (ES), which consists of the elected officers, and a broader Executive Committee, which includes the ES and other members specified in the Section bylaws. While members of the standing committees are appointed by the President, as are members of the technical committees, meetings and activities of the technical committees, which include planning sessions for the annual meetings and other activities, such as planning of Chapman Conferences, are open to all members. The AGU's primary outlet for scientific and policy articles in hydrology is Water Resources Research (WRR). Although WRR functions are overseen by AGU's Publications Committee rather than the Hydrology Section, most WRR editors and associate editors are Section members, and the Section takes a strong interest in WRR, which has a reputation as the best journal in hydrology.