Toward a unified science of the Earth's surface: Opportunities for synthesis among hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and ecology
Article first published online: 30 MAR 2006
Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.
Water Resources Research
Volume 42, Issue 3, March 2006
How to Cite
2006), Toward a unified science of the Earth's surface: Opportunities for synthesis among hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and ecology, Water Resour. Res., 42, W03S10, doi:10.1029/2005WR004336., , , , , , , , , and (
- Issue published online: 30 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 30 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 4 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Received: 13 JUN 2005
 The Earth's surface is shaped by the interaction of tectonics, water, sediment, solutes, and biota over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and across diverse environments. Development of a predictive science of Earth surface dynamics integrates many disciplines and approaches, including hydrology, geomorphology, ocean and atmospheric science, sedimentary and structural geology, geochemistry, and ecology. This paper discusses challenges, opportunities, and a few example problems that can serve as pathways toward this integration.