Enhancing Water Cycle Measurements for Future Hydrologic Research

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The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc., established the Hydrologic Measurement Facility to transform watershed-scale hydrologic research by facilitating access to advanced instrumentation and expertise that would not otherwise be available to individual investigators. We outline a committee-based process that determined which suites of instrumentation best fit the needs of the hydrological science community and a proposed mechanism for the governance and distribution of these sensors. Here, we also focus on how these proposed suites of instrumentation can be used to address key scientific challenges, including scaling water cycle science in time and space, broadening the scope of individual subdisciplines of water cycle science, and developing mechanistic linkages among these subdisciplines and spatiotemporal scales.

Department Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Earth Observing Laboratory, NCAR, Boulder, Colorado

Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University, and USDA Forest Service, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

U.S. Geological Survey, Montpelier, Vermont

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Henry W. Loescher, Department of Forest Science, College of Forestry, 321 Richardson Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97311, E-mail: hank.loescher@oregonstate.edu

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc., established the Hydrologic Measurement Facility to transform watershed-scale hydrologic research by facilitating access to advanced instrumentation and expertise that would not otherwise be available to individual investigators. We outline a committee-based process that determined which suites of instrumentation best fit the needs of the hydrological science community and a proposed mechanism for the governance and distribution of these sensors. Here, we also focus on how these proposed suites of instrumentation can be used to address key scientific challenges, including scaling water cycle science in time and space, broadening the scope of individual subdisciplines of water cycle science, and developing mechanistic linkages among these subdisciplines and spatiotemporal scales.

Department Forest Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Department of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, California

Earth Observing Laboratory, NCAR, Boulder, Colorado

Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University, and USDA Forest Service, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

U.S. Geological Survey, Montpelier, Vermont

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Henry W. Loescher, Department of Forest Science, College of Forestry, 321 Richardson Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97311, E-mail: hank.loescher@oregonstate.edu
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