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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

Aims and scope

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) is an international two-stage open-access journal for the publication of original research in hydrology, placed within a holistic Earth system science context. The discussion and peer review of submitted papers are handled in the open-access discussion journal HESSD. Final papers, upon acceptance, appear in HESS (see review process under the heading review).

HESS encourages and supports fundamental and applied research that seeks to understand the interactions between water, earth, ecosystems, and humans. A multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged that enables a broadening of the hydrologic perspective and the advancement of hydrologic science through the integration with other cognate sciences, and the cross-fertilization across disciplinary boundaries. HESS, therefore, has the ambition to serve not only the community of hydrologists but all earth and life scientists, water engineers and water managers, who wish to publish original findings on the interactions between hydrological processes and other physical, chemical, biological, and societal processes within the Earth system, and the utilization of this holistic understanding towards sustainable management of water resources, water quality, and water-related natural hazards.

The scope of HESS therefore encompasses the following:

  1. the role of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the cycling of continental water in all its phases, including dissolved and particulate matter, at all scales, from the micro-scale processes of soil water to the global-scale processes underpinning hydro-climatology;
  2. the study of the spatial and temporal characteristics of the global water resources (solid, liquid, and vapour) and related budgets, in all compartments of the Earth system (atmosphere, oceans, estuaries, rivers, lakes, and land masses), including water stocks, residence times, interfacial fluxes, and the pathways between various compartments;
  3. the study of the interactions with human activity of all the processes, budgets, fluxes, and pathways as outlined above, and the options for influencing them in a sustainable manner, particularly in relation to floods, droughts, desertification, land degradation, eutrophication, and other aspects of global change.

The journal publishes research articles, research and technical notes, opinion papers, book reviews, brief communications, and comments on papers published previously in HESS. Papers can address different techniques and approaches, including theory, modelling, experiments, or instrumentation. The journal covers the following subject areas and techniques/approaches, which are used to categorize papers:

Subject areas:

  • hillslope hydrology;
  • catchment hydrology;
  • global hydrology;
  • rivers and lakes;
  • coasts and estuaries;
  • hydrometeorology;
  • vadose zone hydrology;
  • groundwater hydrology;
  • ecohydrology;
  • biogeochemical processes;
  • urban hydrology;
  • engineering hydrology;
  • water resources management.

Techniques and approaches:
  • theory development;
  • modelling approaches;
  • instruments and observation techniques;
  • remote sensing and GIS;
  • mathematical applications;
  • stochastic approaches;
  • uncertainty analysis.
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