The MOXXI Working Group has the task to “promote the advancement of novel observational techniques that leads to new sources of information to help better understand the hydrological cycle”, as set by the IAHS bureau. The MOXXI Working Group will provide a friendly place to share, collect, promote, discuss, test, and improve observational techniques.
Hydrology is, at its core, an empirical science in which heterogeneity is found from the pore, all the way up to the catchment and global scale. To adequately deal with this heterogeneity numerous and diverse observations are needed.
Nowadays there is an increasing interest in new technologies and multidisciplinary initiatives for providing new hydrological observations∗. Science Question 1 and 5 of Panta Rhei, the New Scientific Decade of IAHS, 2013-2022 Science Plan, includes and underlines the importance of new observations. MOXXI will coordinate and emphasise this multidisciplinary topic.
The (starting) focus of this Working Group (WG) is to connect those working on observational techniques in hydrology to share their experiences. To achieve this, the WG will:
- Setup a website to archive and centralise all important publication and online resources related to observations and observational techniques in hydrology.
- Send out regular information bulletins to interested hydrologist to update them on new developments relating to observational techniques. Different media (email newsletters, twitter) will be used.
- Organise topical conferences, meetings, and schools on novel observational techniques in hydrology. These meetings will include live demonstrations, hands-on workshops, as well as keynote speakers from outside of hydrology to introduce new observational techniques and encourage multidisciplinary collaborations.
- Sponsor, encourage and co-ordinate the organisation of scientific sessions on observational techniques in hydrology at major geo-scientific conferences (such as the different IAHS events, the EGU general assembly and the AGU fall meeting).
The MOXXI WG executive team consists of: Flavia Tauro (University of Tuscia, Chair), Rolf Hut (Delft University of Technology), and Theresa Blume (GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam).
∗This is confirmed by several special sessions proposed during some Scientific Assemblies (EGU, AGU), by seminal papers or special issues (for example, special section of WRR: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/10.1002/(ISSN)1944-7973/specialsection/HYDROMEAS1)