History of hydrology (HESS/HGSS inter-journal SI)(HESS/HGSS inter-journal SI)
History of hydrology (HESS/HGSS inter-journal SI)(HESS/HGSS inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): Okke Batelaan, Keith Beven, Chantal Gascuel-Odoux, Laurent Pfister, Roberto Ranzi, and Maurits Ertsen Special issue jointly organized between Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and History of Geo- and Space Sciences
Since antiquity, manifold theories have emerged on the sources, distribution, and circulation of water on planet Earth. As a hydrological community, we are keen to further our science, and it is therefore of utmost importance to understand what the roots of our science are. In other words, there is a pressing need to develop a culture of historical hydrological literacy. While further developing its terminology, concepts, and methods, teaching and research can benefit from considering the relevant collective scientific knowledge base. Moreover, a historical perspective of our science will contribute to avoiding a contemporary bias of ideas and theories. In the end, science is never free of value, personal interest, or societal pressures. The historical context in which scientists work can therefore help to understand the development of the science, its current state, and future directions.

With this special issue we aim to stimulate the discussion of how we, as a community, develop historical literacy and integrate this into teaching and research to enhance our science. What lessons can we draw for today's and tomorrow's hydrology from a historical perspective of the scientific development and experiences? We solicit contributions that discuss how hydrological concepts have gradually evolved over time; how forgotten methods might have contemporary value; the value of historical datasets of experimental catchments and their management; and remarkable contributions of scientists, institutes, and organisations.

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05 Aug 2022
The Thiem team – Adolf and Günther Thiem, two forefathers of hydrogeology
Georg J. Houben and Okke Batelaan
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 4055–4091, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4055-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-4055-2022, 2022
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14 Mar 2022
A retrospective on hydrological catchment modelling based on half a century with the HBV model
Jan Seibert and Sten Bergström
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 1371–1388, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1371-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-1371-2022, 2022
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31 Jan 2022
Rediscovering Robert E. Horton's lake evaporation formulae: new directions for evaporation physics
Solomon Vimal and Vijay P. Singh
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 445–467, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-445-2022,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-26-445-2022, 2022
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10 May 2021
From mythology to science: the development of scientific hydrological concepts in Greek antiquity and its relevance to modern hydrology
Demetris Koutsoyiannis and Nikos Mamassis
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 2419–2444, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-2419-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-2419-2021, 2021
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02 Mar 2021
HESS Opinions: Unsaturated infiltration – the need for a reconsideration of historical misconceptions
Peter F. Germann
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 1097–1101, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1097-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1097-2021, 2021
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22 Feb 2021
The era of infiltration
Keith Beven
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 851–866, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-851-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-851-2021, 2021
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02 Feb 2021
A history of TOPMODEL
Keith J. Beven, Mike J. Kirkby, Jim E. Freer, and Rob Lamb
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 527–549, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-527-2021,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-527-2021, 2021
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21 Dec 2020
Flowing wells: terminology, history and role in the evolution of groundwater science
Xiao-Wei Jiang, John Cherry, and Li Wan
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 6001–6019, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-6001-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-6001-2020, 2020
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05 Oct 2020
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Hydrology and water resources management in ancient India
Pushpendra Kumar Singh, Pankaj Dey, Sharad Kumar Jain, and Pradeep P. Mujumdar
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4691–4707, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4691-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4691-2020, 2020
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22 Sep 2020
Hydrology and beyond: the scientific work of August Colding revisited
Dan Rosbjerg
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4575–4585, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4575-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4575-2020, 2020
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25 May 2020
A history of the concept of time of concentration
Keith J. Beven
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 2655–2670, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2655-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-2655-2020, 2020
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16 Apr 2020
Beyond Perrault's experiments: repeatability, didactics and complexity
Stefano Barontini and Matteo Settura
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 1907–1926, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1907-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-1907-2020, 2020
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19 Feb 2020
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The millennium-old hydrogeology textbook The Extraction of Hidden Waters by the Persian mathematician and engineer Abubakr Mohammad Karaji (953 CE–1029 CE)
Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani and Craig T. Simmons
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 761–769, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-761-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-761-2020, 2020
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