Water Resources Research

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Impact Factor: 3.549

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/20 (Limnology); 3/83 (Water Resources); 29/221 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1944-7973

Call for Papers



Call for Papers for “Disturbance Hydrology: Assessing the Immediate and Long-Term Impacts of Abrupt Landscape Changes on Hydrologic Processes and Function”

Submission acceptance begins: 15 June 2015


Proposers: Benjamin Mirus, Institution: Natural Hazards Program, USGS
Christian Mohr, Institution: University of Potsdam
Brian Ebel, Institution: National Research Program, USGS

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research dealing with Earth systems affected by both anthropogenic and/or natural disturbances often drive complex response phenomena associated with non-linear, non-additive interaction and feedbacks between hydrologic, geomorphic, biogeochemical, and ecologic processes. Disturbance hydrology examines how abrupt changes such as wildfires, urban development, resource extraction, deforestation, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides, and flooding directly trigger process-cascades by changing hydraulic properties, fluxes, network connectivity, and hydrologic states. The immediate impacts of disturbances in both natural and human influenced systems may be limited in both space and time, but can induce far-reaching and long-term changes in water storage dynamics. Thus, improved process knowledge is fundamental for developing robust predictions of hydrological response to disturbances, particularly since global population growth and climate change are likely to increase both their frequency and magnitude in the future. This special issue includes a variety of investigations focused on how disturbances and abrupt landscape change alter hydrologic functioning using a combination of field measurements, data analysis, and/or modeling techniques.


Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact wrr@agu.org.


Call for Papers for “Applications of Percolation Theory to Porous Media”

Submission acceptance begins: 15 February 2015


Guest Editors: Behzad Ghanbarian, University of Texas at Austin
Muhammad Sahimi, University of Southern California
Allen Hunt, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research regarding the pore space of natural porous media, such as soils, rocks, fracture networks, etc. Undoubtedly, studying flow and transport in such complex systems requires new approaches that can incorporate the effects of the geometry and topology – the interconnectivity – of the pore space on the fluid flow and transport through them. The classical approaches, based on continuum hydrodynamics, have failed in many instances to provide accurate description of fluid flow and transport phenomena in porous media. Among modern approaches, percolation theory provides a powerful theoretical framework with a very wide range of applications to natural porous media. The necessity to accurately model porous media has encouraged researchers to invoke percolation theory to understand dominant mechanisms at different scales. In particular, with the advent of new and powerful computational techniques and algorithms over the past two decades, intensive computations demanded by percolation theory have become more practical, making percolation theory a more powerful and accessible tool.


Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact wrr@agu.org.


Call for Papers for “Connectivity, Non-Linearity, and Regime Transitions in Future Earthscapes”

Submission acceptance begins: 15 April 2014
Submission deadline: 15 October 2014


Guest Editors: Rina Schumer, Benjamin Ruddell, and Efi Foufoula-Georgiou

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research on connectivity, non-linearity, and regime transitions in future Earthscapes. Specific topics are outlined below.

Earthscapes (a term used here to represent both landscapes and waterscapes and their physical and biological constituents and interactions, including humans) are undergoing changes due to natural and anthropogenic causes and this change is expected to intensify in the future. An accelerated hydrologic cycle for example, sets in motion other changes in the watershed, from river reorganization, to sediment, nutrient, and bio-geochemical cycle changes, and can bring the whole system into states that are not desirable or sustainable. Under what conditions of forcing or internal dynamics can a system lead itself to a new regime? Do extreme events impact a system more when it is already undergoing transition or when it is in a stable steady-state? Can mild but prolonged changes in one variable cause a drastic abrupt change in another variable and in system dynamics and what windows of change are most critical? To study all these problems, complicated models may offer little hope, as parameters change and long-term predictions become very inaccurate or impossible. Instead, formalisms that look at the system dynamics in terms of connectivity, non-linear amplifications, and simplified rules offer more promise to identify vulnerable places, times, and interactions that may lead to regime transitions and undesired or unsustainable states.


Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact wrr@agu.org.


Call for Papers for “Hydroepidemiology: A pathway to link hydrology and climate with human health”

Submission acceptance begins: 18 November 2013
Submission deadline: 28 May 2014


Guest Editor: Antarpreet Jutla

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research on hydroepidemiology. The Special Section will include papers at the boundaries of hydroclimate and water-related public health domains, which address how hydrology can help understand and predict disease outbreak. Papers will deal with hydrologic understanding of disease such as (but not limited to) cholera, Schistosomiasis, malaria, west Nile virus, yellow fever, Chagas’ disease and dengue. The papers in this section of WRR will fall under one or more of the following themes:

(1) Impact of hydroclimatic variability on outbreak and transmission of water-related diseases.
(2) Innovative and judicious use of new technologies such as satellite remote sensing to quantify disease
outbreak and establish linkages.
(3) Role of floods and drought in creating environmental conditions favorable for pathogen growth and then disease spread across spatial and temporal scales


Manuscripts should be submitted through the WRR GEMS submission site (http://wrr-submit.agu.org/cgi-bin/main.plex).

For additional information please contact wrr@agu.org.


Call for Papers for “Eco-hydrology of Semiarid Environments: Confronting Mathematical Models with Ecosystem Complexity”

Submission acceptance begins: June 1, 2013
Submission deadline: March 30, 2014


Guest Editors: Shmuel Assouline, Tal Svoray, Gaby Katul

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research on the eco-hydrology of semi-arid environments. Papers that address eco-hydrological processes and vegetation patterns, flow processes and water regime, mathematical modeling in ecohydrology, coupling water to carbon fluxes and biomass, and novel experimental methods will be welcomed.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the WRR GEMS submission site (http://wrr-submit.agu.org/cgi-bin/main.plex). For additional information please contact wrr@agu.org.

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