Research highlights

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As part of our mission to promote and highlight the success of early career hydrologists (ECR), this section features cutting edge research conducted by early career hydrologists in a way that is accessible to the broader hydrological and Earth science community. This is done through two types of posts: 1) showcase your research and 2) research tidbits. Showcase your research posts provides early career hydrologists the opportunity to write about their own research, however they wish to communicate it, including pictures, diagrams, or even short videos. Research tidbits posts are written monthly by H3S members on a paper recently published by an early career hydrologist. Given that the Hydrologic Sciences is a diverse community – from snow hydrology on the highest mountains to groundwater discharge in the deepest oceans – these posts are written in a language that is easily digestible and understandable to the broader environmentally-interested community.

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Research tidbit: New study reveals widespread and seasonally variable antibiotic concentrations in rural streams and drinking water wells

In both human and veterinary medicine, antibiotics are used to combat infections, and the extent of antibiotic use is on the rise. Antibiotics consumed by humans and animals can end up in the environment through a number of different pathways including wastewater treatment facility effluent, septic leaching, and runoff. Once in the environment, antibiotics can … Continue reading Research tidbit: New study reveals widespread and seasonally variable antibiotic concentrations in rural streams and drinking water wells

Brendan O’Leary’s Research Showcase: Evaluating the pathways and risks for shallow urban groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin

Urban centers face many environmental issues that can lead to direct impacts on community health, property values, and environmental justice.  Understanding pollutant movement in the environment and how it impacts urban health is critical for sustainable urban development, particularly when evaluating the sustainability of urban water systems. This cross-over between urban health and hydrology brought … Continue reading Brendan O’Leary’s Research Showcase: Evaluating the pathways and risks for shallow urban groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin

ECR Hydrology Research Tidbit: The Value of the 40-Year Airborne Gamma Snow Product

A new study shows that the 40-year and ongoing airborne gamma Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) dataset from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is a key component in water management, has substantial potential to be used as a long-term, reliable reference SWE across the United States and Southern Canada.  Snowpack is a crucial … Continue reading ECR Hydrology Research Tidbit: The Value of the 40-Year Airborne Gamma Snow Product

Esther Lee’s Research Showcase: What does hydraulic redistribution tell us about how ecosystems respond to climate change?

PHD CANDIDATE IN UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS—URBANA CHAMPAIGN During her adolescence, Esther met a girl in Kenya who struggled a whole day to get fresh drinking water. Looking at the girl, she wondered: Why do some children waste fresh water in luxury while other children suffer from drinking waste water? Why do some children get public … Continue reading Esther Lee’s Research Showcase: What does hydraulic redistribution tell us about how ecosystems respond to climate change?

ECR Hydrology Research Tidbit: Freshwater? Deep in the Sea?

Much like groundwater discharges into rivers and streams, groundwater also discharges into the ocean. The discharge of terrestrially based water to the coastal ocean is called submarine groundwater discharge, or SGD, and has been observed globally, particularly in nearshore environments. SGD impacts both terrestrial and marine environments. It discharges terrestrially-based water that is frequently high … Continue reading ECR Hydrology Research Tidbit: Freshwater? Deep in the Sea?