Panta Rhei 2013-2015: Global perspectives on hydrology, society and change

Hilary McMillan*, Alberto Montanari, Christophe Cudennec, Hubert Savenije, Heidi Kreibich, Tobias Krueger, Junguo Liu, Alfonso Mejia, Anne Van Loon, Hafzullah Aksoy, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Yan Huang, Dominc Mazvimavi, Magdalena Rogger, Bellie Sivakumar, Tatiana Bibikova, Attilio Castellarin, Yangbo Chen, David Finger, Alexander GelfanDavid M. Hannah, Arjen Y. Hoekstra, Hongyi Li, Shreedhar Maskey, Thibault Mathevet, Ana Mijic, Adrián Pedrozo Acuña, María J. Polo, Victor Rosales, Paul Smith, Alberto Viglione, Veena Srinivasan, Elena Toth, Ronald van Nooyen, Jun Xia

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In 2013, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) launched the hydrological decade 2013-2022 with the theme “Panta Rhei: Change in Hydrology and Society”. The decade recognizes the urgency of hydrological research to understand and predict the interactions of society and water, to support sustainable water resource use under changing climatic and environmental conditions. This paper reports on the first Panta Rhei biennium 2013-2015, providing a comprehensive resource that describes the scope and direction of Panta Rhei. We bring together the knowledge of all the Panta Rhei working groups, to summarize the most pressing research questions and how the hydrological community is progressing towards those goals. We draw out interconnections between different strands of research, and reflect on the need to take a global view on hydrology in the current era of human impacts and environmental change. Finally, we look back to the six driving science questions identified at the outset of Panta Rhei, to quantify progress towards those aims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1191
Number of pages18
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2016

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  • Climate change
  • Global hydrology
  • Human impacts
  • Hydrological decade
  • Panta Rhei
  • Society
  • Socio-hydrology
  • Water resources
  • Water security


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