Ecohydrology Bearings — Invited Commentary
From random variability to ordered structures: a search for general synthesis in ecohydrology
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 6, Issue 3, pages 333–342, June 2013
How to Cite
Porporato, A. and Rodriguez-Iturbe, I. (2013), From random variability to ordered structures: a search for general synthesis in ecohydrology. Ecohydrol., 6: 333–342. doi: 10.1002/eco.1400
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 12 MAY 2013 12:37AM EST
We present our personal view of some of the exciting research avenues in ecohydrology, which are related to quantifying the effects of hydrologic variability and anthropogenic disturbance on ecohydrological processes. Using several examples, we discuss how concepts and tools inspired from information theory, statistical mechanics and nonequilibrium thermodynamics may help us advance in some of the challenges posed by the need to sustainably manage our soil and water resources, while preserving ecosystem services. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.