BHS 2014: Challenging hydrological theory and practice


  1. Hydrology on the edge: research at the interface between hydrology and ecology
    Ecohydrological is growing in international prominence and is critical for tackling some of the most pressing environmental challenges currently facing society. This session will focus on this developing field, examining the bi-directional feedbacks and interactions between ecological and hydrological processes within both river and terrestrial ecosystems.
  2. Hydrohazards; hydrology of the extremes (droughts and floods)
    Water-related hazards (hydrohazards) are the results of complex interactions in the ocean atmosphere-land system process cascade. Despite serious impacts on the environment and socio-economic life, grand challenges remain in understanding, predicting and managing such floods and droughts.
  3. Water resources management within an uncertain climate
    Increasing pressure is being place on global water resources. Providing the necessary water for homes and business whilst limiting impacts on the wider catchment under a changing climate requires a detailed understanding of catchment hydrological function, its future response to a changing climate and innovative approaches to maximise water extraction.
  4. Water quality responses to environmental change?
    Contamination pressures on water quality are increasing with global environmental change, providing substantial risks for water resource management and ecosystem services. Hydrologists, regulators and industry today have to manage water quality threats resulting from a complex legacy of (often interacting) point source and diffuse pollution as well as the emergence of new contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and human care products or the contamination risks associated to unconventional energy sources. These new challenges require innovative solutions to monitor, model and predict water quality responses to changing environmental conditions, including changes in water demand and resource management.
  5. Urban hydrology
    Urbanisation has a profound effect on the hydrological cycle with significant implications for the quantity and quality of urban river flows. This session will consider recent research on urban river flow extremes and river- water quality, looking at the importance of surface-water – groundwater interaction and opportunities for urban river and floodplain restoration.
  6. Water governance
    Despite increased recognition that patterns of water use and extraction often extend beyond national and regional boundaries, there remains little consensus on how water governance should change to address what are invariably shared hydrological challenges. This session invites contributions on this topic, as well as papers more broadly conceived addressing the political, administrative, and socio-economic processes and institutions by which decisions are taken to manage water resources in the developed and developing worlds. 
  7. General hydrology
    Exciting developments in the field of hydrology that challenge current theory and practise

  8. Advanced Hydrological Methods: demonstrations
    This session will provide the opportunity to showcase the latest innovative measurement tools during informal, interactive, demonstration sessions. For more information on the available resources to showcase your methods during this session, please email