Motivation of synthesis, with an example on groundwater quality sustainability
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2006
Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.
Water Resources Research
Volume 42, Issue 3, March 2006
How to Cite
2006), Motivation of synthesis, with an example on groundwater quality sustainability, Water Resour. Res., 42, W03S05, doi:10.1029/2005WR004372., and (
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 20 OCT 2005
- Manuscript Received: 29 JUN 2005
- groundwater age;
- groundwater basin;
 Synthesis of ideas and theories from disparate disciplines is necessary for addressing the major problems faced by society. The best motivation for broad, effective synthesis is the “big idea” that is sufficiently important and inspiring to marshal the appropriate collaborative efforts. Groundwater quality sustainability is posed as an example of one such idea that would potentially unify research efforts in both the sciences and social sciences toward a common, pressing objective.