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.


2014 Hydrology Section Awardees
The Hydrology Section has just announced our 2014 awardees.  Please join me in congratulating:

Walter Langbein Lecturer: Carol Kendall (US Geological Survey)

Hydrologic Sciences Award: Diane McKnight (University of Colorado)

Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award: Stefano Manzoni (Stockholm University)

Horton Research Grant recipients:

  • Kevin Befus (University of Texas, Austin); Advisor: Bayani Cardenas
  • Chris Gabrielli (University of Saskatchewan); Advisor Jeff McDonnell
  • Katherine Lininger (Colorado State University); Advisor Ellen Wohl

2014 Ambassador Award: Paul Hsieh (USGS)

We also congratulate:
2014 Robert Horton Medalist: W. James Shuttleworth (University of Arizona)

December 2014 Newsletter

Fall Meeting highlights (pg 4 of newsletter)

  • Langbein Lecture (Dec. 16, 10:20am Mascone West 2022-2024)
  • Hydrology Business Luncheon (ticketed event) Dec. 16, 12:30pm, InterContinental San Francisco - Grand Ballroom A-C
  • Honors Ceremony (Dec. 17, 6pm, Moscone South - Rooms 103-104

December 2014 section newsletter

  • 2014 section budget update (pg 3)
  • 3 Horton Grant awardee's talk about their research
  • 5 The Fellow Speak articles     

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.