A. Montanari, J. Bahr, G. Blöschl, X. Cai, D.S. Mackay, A.M. Michalak, H. Rajaram, and G. Sander
This piece provides an introduction to the special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the journal Water Resources Research. The special issue includes contributions that span three main areas: the legacy of hydrological sciences, water processes interpretation and modeling, and water resources within the context of society and water threats. Discussions about water are becoming increasingly central to decision-making at local to global scales, and the stakes have never been greater. The journal Water Resources Research has provided a forum for this expanding field for half a century, and its scope reflects the breadth and scale of today's challenges.
We present an overview of the contributions collected to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Water Resources Research along with a critical discussion of the legacy and perspectives for the science of hydrology in the 21st century. This collection of papers highlights exciting pathways to the future of water sciences. New monitoring and modeling techniques and increasing opportunities for data and knowledge sharing from hydrological research will provide innovative means to improve water management and to ensure a sustainable development to society. We believe that this set of papers will provide valuable inspiration for future hydrologists, and will support the intensification of international cooperation among scientists.
Montanari, A., J. Bahr, G. Blöschl, X. Cai, D.S. Mackay, A.M. Michalak, H. Rajaram, G. Sander (2015) "50 years of water resources research legacy and perspectives for the science of hydrology introduction", Water Resources Research, 51(9), 6797–6803, doi:10.1002/ 2015WR017998.