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Recently, a comment was published in Hydrology and Earth System Science - Discussion (HESS-D) ( on an article published in the same journal (HESS) in 2018 ( The nature of the comment does not contribute to constructive scientific debate. It is more like a rant, a vicious attack on the authors and their expertise, rather than on their work. This has evoked serious reactions from the hydrologic community (8 short comments in the last 3 days). I feel it is important for the Indian hydrologic community to be aware of such trolling and scientific harassments (thanks to Nandita Basu for pointing it out, and would request people to comment if they feel the need for it. Of course, all this is my personal opinion.
Link to original paper:
Link to commentary:


Employment Opportunities


Department of Geography

Teaching Assistant (PR084/17-18)

The appointee is expected to provide support to the Department on coursework, field trips, student projects, and other duties as assigned.

Applicants should have a good first degree, preferably a Master's degree in Geography or related discipline. Familiarity with geographic statistical analysis, computer mapping and qualitative methods would be an advantage.

Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract of ten months. Re-appointment thereafter is subject to performance review, mutual agreement and availability of funding.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to write in response to the requirements and fill in the application form which is obtainable (a) by downloading from; or (b) by fax at 3411-7799; or (c) in person from the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. The completed application form should be sent to the same address by post or by e-mail to Please quote PR number on all correspondence. Applicants not invited for interview 8 weeks after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. Details of the University's Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.

Closing date: 9 September 2017

More details:

For keeping up with opportunities in hydrology and climate change, follow the facebook group

Dear all,
The Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University is seeking applicants for postgraduate programmes (MPhil or PhD) commencing in January 2018.
It is anticipated that the Department will shortlist applicants and conduct interviews in September and October as appropriate. The HKBU Scholarships and Awards for postgraduate students can be found here,
Interested candidates can propose their own research projects. Possible research topics include climate variability, hydrology, natural hazards and any other geography subjects. Applicants can send a cover letter stating their research interests and a CV to Dr. K P Chun via EMAIL:
Best wishes,
K P Chun
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
Hong Kong Baptist University

For keeping up to date with the latest early career positions in hydrology, follow the facebook group (link below).

I created a list of important groups to keep up to date with opportunities (graduate + postdoc + tenure track jobs) in hydrology and in general earth sciences. Hope it helps!

Also, you can find my facebook group where I try to post graduate opportunities in hydrology and climate change.

Announcements / Eawag Partnership Programme for Developing Countries
« on: August 03, 2016, 11:27:39 PM »
Here is an interesting opportunity for graduate students from developing countries for a short term fellowship at EAWAG.

Announcements / Graduate opportunities at Hong Kong Baptist University
« on: August 02, 2016, 01:23:00 PM »
Dear all,

The Department of Geography at Hong Kong Baptist University is seeking applicants for postgraduate programmes (MPhil or PhD) commencing in January 2017.

It is anticipated that the Department will shortlist applicants and conduct interviews in September and October as appropriate.

Interested candidates can propose their own research projects. Possible research topics include climate variability, hydrology, natural hazards and any other geography subjects. Applicants can send a cover letter stating their research interests and a CV to Dr. K P Chun via EMAIL:

Best wishes,

K P Chun

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography

Hong Kong Baptist University

Post your question/information / Re: Variable Infiltration Capacity
« on: July 06, 2016, 04:10:45 PM »
Here are the point-wise answers:

1.Can I apply the VIC for my area?

Given your large area (~50,000 sq km), VIC can definitely be applied. It is meant to be applied for large catchments.

2.As, the reservoirs play a significant role in the basin, is there any provision in VIC to include the reservoirs and their operation rules.

There is no reservoir module by default in VIC. I found a free module that does reservoir routing, but haven't ever coupled it with VIC ( If your main purpose is to study how different regulation policies will affect streamflow, I definitely will recommend SWAT over VIC. The reservoir module support for VIC is not upto the mark (for free users).

3.Is there any provision that I can include outside sources.

Instead of using APHRODITE as a rainfall forcing, I will recommend using IMD gridded precipitation data (available at 0.25 x 0.25 degree). If you cannot pay for that product (IMD), you may use TRMM data. It is a known fact that TRMM precipitation estimates are better than those of APHRODITE. See the papers below for more details

For wind speed, you can use CFSR wind data, which is freely available at 0.5 x 0.5 deg spatial resolution. You can obtain it from the below links!lfd?nb=y&b=proj&v=NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis

4.If the water can enter into a grid cell only through atmosphere, how is the water that is supplied during irrigation by reservoir included in the VIC.

It maybe difficult to resolve the spatial resolution. A simple approach maybe to add amount of irrigation to precipitation for the particular grid. Although, VIC may not be the best choice for application to irrigation scheduling.

5.Is it possible to draw conclusions on soil moisture based agricultural drought, using any hydro-logical model, weather it is SWAT or VIC, when it is not validated against soil moisture.(I dont know about VIC.But in SWAT only stream flows are validated.

Generally, hydrologic models are calibrated using streamflow. VIC gives soil moisture output, so you can validate it using data from flux tower (if any available). You may get a better idea from the paper below.

6.For Hydro logic modeling, how many years of data are required ideally.

There is no fixed period, it totally depends on your data availability. Based on the length of available streamflow data, you need to decide the length of calibration and validation.

Overall, if reservoir regulation is an important part of your study, I would recommend using SWAT. VIC is mostly used for unregulated catchments.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any assistance.

Opportunities for PhD Scholarships are available in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Group at the University of Newcastle in Australia. We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic students interested in the research areas of hydrology, ecohydrology, ecogeomorphology, and sediment transport, with emphasis on quantitative modelling.
Priority will be given to the students with strong programming skills and interested in the following research areas:

  • Ecohydrologic modelling tools.
  • Ecogeomorphologic modelling of semi-arid and humid environments, whether in hillslopes, rivers and floodplains.
  • Modelling the impact of climate and anthropic change on hydrology and ecosystems.

The students will participate in collaborative research with internationally recognized research teams.

Applicants must hold a 4-year bachelor’s degree with honours or Master’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in a field of study relevant to the research areas listed above (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or other closely related areas). Research experience, demonstrated programming skills, and awards for academic excellence can provide strong support to the application. International students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate English proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL).

Interested students: please send a CV and short statement of research interests to Dr Omer Yetemen, Dr Patricia Saco and Dr Jose Rodriguez (, Please include GPA, English proficiency, computer skills, and any additional research experience in the CV.

Dear everyone,
We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for a Pop-Up session at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2016 Fall Meeting. The Pop-Up sessions provide a platform for students and early career scientists to share their ideas, innovations and visions during 5 minute TED-style presentations. Previous editions have drawn a broad audience from all scientific disciplines and career stages. This year, there are two Pop-Up sessions:
Water Sciences: Innovations, Challenges and Future Directions
This session provides young scientists the opportunity to give 5 minute presentations on their future vision(s) of water sciences.  Presentations should strive to go beyond one’s research to address broader issues. Some examples of questions that might be answered in this session include:
•   How can we advance water sciences using the ever-growing pool of accessible data?
•   How do we manage the Food-Water-Energy Nexus under a changing climate?
•   The Cloud, one big brain?
•   “Go big or go home” or “It’s the little details that are vital”?
Social Dimensions of Geosciences
This session offers students an opportunity to share success stories, discuss challenges, and calls for future directions related to the social dimensions of geosciences in 5 minute pitches. Topics may include both the inward- and the outward-looking needs for the AGU community. Inward-looking topics may include networking skills, work-life balance, interdisciplinary research, and mentorship experiences and opportunities. Outward-looking topics may include use-inspired science, community participation, science communication, environmental policy, and inclusive research communities.
Note, there’s no submission fee! The deadline to submit is August 3 and submissions can be made at For inspiration and notable examples check the Pop-Up repository on YouTube (see link below). The Pop-Ups are organized by the AGU Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S) in cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society!
We also want to highlight an alternative session—Sympathy for the Data: Novel approaches to the art of data visualization—which will take place as lighting talks or a panel discussion. For more information, please see the session description:

We look forward seeing your Pop-Up in San Francisco!

All the best,

Harsh Beria (
Natasha Krell (
Sheila Saia (
Niels Claes (
Kevin Roche (
Pop Ups info:
YouTube repository:
Young Hydrologic Society:

Announcements / PhD opportunities at ETH Zurich
« on: June 16, 2016, 11:43:45 PM »
There are two new openings for PhD opportunities at ETH Zurich, one in the field of ice monitoring of major Swiss lakes and the other in urban ecohydrology.

Also, the job page of ETH Zurich posts relevant graduate opportunities, it maybe useful to bookmark the page.

For more PhD opening, make sure to follow the following facebook group.

Study material / A new free ebook on Bayesian Networks
« on: June 03, 2016, 10:04:46 AM »
This practical introduction is geared towards scientists who wish to employ Bayesian networks for applied research using the BayesiaLab software platform. Through numerous examples, this book illustrates how implementing Bayesian networks involves concepts from many disciplines, including computer science, probability theory, information theory, machine learning, and statistics. Each chapter explores a real-world problem domain, exploring aspects of Bayesian networks and simultaneously introducing functions of BayesiaLab. The book can serve as a self-study guide for learners and as a reference manual for advanced practitioners.

Michael White (Climate science editor for Nature) () hosts a podcast series with renowned climate scientists. He features them in an hour long interview where they talk about the state of climate science, their own research and other issues in the scientific community (work-life balance, gender inequality, scientific publishing, etc.).

In another initiative by Kevin Roche (, Hallway Conversations hosted on YoungHS website ( feature hydrologists into small Q&A based interviews about their research and how they see the field progress.

Another podcast series by British meteorologic office ( called Mostly Weather involves discussion on weather and the driving mechanisms, made specifically for the general public.

Hope you guys like it

Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) is a group of international students who conduct various events at AGU Fall Meeting and EGU General Assembly. As part of their tradition, there is always one talk on scientific paper writing in hydrology delivered by a renowned expert. The previous years have seen the likes of Keith Beven, Jeff McDonnell, Bettina Schaefli, etc. delivering great advice, specifically designed for Students and Early Career researchers. You can find the slides here

Apart from this, YoungHS website hosts some excellent resources in Hydrology (Useful links tab on their website homepage)


Data / New precipitation dataset (0.25 x 0.25 deg, 3 hourly)
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:18:46 PM »
MSWEP (Multi-Source Weighted-Ensem­ble Pre­cip­i­ta­tion) is a new global ter­res­trial pre­cip­i­ta­tion (P) dataset (1979–2015) with a high 3-hourly tem­po­ral and 0.25° spa­tial res­o­lu­tion. The dataset is unique in the sense that it takes advan­tage of a wide range of data sources, includ­ing gauge, satel­lite, and reanaly­sis data, to obtain the best pos­si­ble P esti­mates at global scale.

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