Hydrologic Sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Hydrologic Sciences Program focuses on the fluxes of water in the environment that constitute the water cycle as well as the mass and energy transport function of the water cycle in the environment. The Program supports studying:​

  1. Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of water and water-borne chemical fluxes and storages from local to global scales;
  2. Interfacial water fluxes and pathways among system compartments; and
  3. How hydrologic processes couple to the critical zone via land-use change, climate variability and ecosystem function.

The Program is interested in research that:

  1. Fills identified knowledge gaps in hydrology
  2. Poses fundamental new questions about the role and function of water in the critical zone system
  3. Will provide answers to those fundamental questions

Consequently, Hydrologic Sciences is not interested in case studies that apply current knowledge to site-specific problems, as they will have only limited transferable value.

The program does not have deadlines and proposals are accepted anytime. 

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We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
— Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732