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A reflection on the first 50 years of Water Resources Research

H. Rajaram, J.M. Bahr, G. Blöschl, X. Cai, D. Scott Mackay, A.M. Michalak, A. Montanari, X. Sanchez-Villa and G. Sander

This paper examines the history of the field of hydrology as seen through the lens of the history of the journal Water Resources Research.


Figure: Word clouds based on the titles of the 50 most highly cited papers from each decade of Water Resources Research. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the titles, providing a visual representation of the themes emphasized in each decade.

Abstract

The year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Water Resources Research (WRR), which was founded in 1965. More than 15,000 papers have been published in WRR since its inception, and these papers have been cited more than 430,000 times. The history of hydrology and the water sciences are also reflected in WRR, which has served as a premier publication outlet and instigator of scientific growth over the last 50 years. The legacy of WRR provides a strong scientific foundation for the hydrology community to rise to the challenges of sustainable water resources management in a future where dramatic environmental change and increasing human population are expected to stress the world's water resources from local to global scales.

Rajaram, H., J.M. Bahr, G. Blöschl, X. Cai, D. Scott Mackay, A.M. Michalak, A. Montanari, X. Sanchez-Villa, G. Sander (2015), "A reflection on the first 50 years of Water Resources Research", Water Resources Research, 51(10), 7829–7837, doi:10.1002/2015WR018089.