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Meet the expert in hydrology - The mystery of evaporation (Open Discussion) (co-organized)
Convener: Shaun Harrigan  | Co-Conveners: Claudia Teutschbein , Maarten Smoorenburg , Ina Pohle 
Thu, 16 Apr, 10:30–13:15

In cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society (

Because of its nature, evaporation is rarely measured directly over large spatial and/or temporal scales. Evaporation is therefore typically seen as the rest term in the hydrologic budget equation (precipitation minus runoff). In spite of its hydrologic and societal relevance, particularly for drought analyses, evaporation often receives little attention in university curricula and rudimentary representation in hydrological models. In combination with limited process knowledge, these factors add up to what we call outstanding myths and mysteries of evaporation.

In this session, we bring together evaporation experts to present the latest measurement and modelling techniques, remote sensing products, enhancements in process understanding and to share their philosophies and approaches. The event will open with each of the invited experts giving a short presentation on the current state of research and future direction of their corresponding sub-theme. This will be followed by an open discussion between members of the audience and the panel of experts. Finally, there will be an opportunity to continue informal discussions with the experts during lunch time.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s expert panel will consist of:

- Prof. Christel Prudhomme (Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford, UK)
- Prof. Henk de Bruin (Associate Professor Emeritus, Wageningen University, Netherlands)
- Prof. Michael Roderick (Australian National University)

We highly encourage MSc students, PhD candidates and early career postdoctoral researchers to attend this event, as it provides a great opportunity for young hydrologists to become more aware of current and future challenges in evaporation research, and to discuss and identify best practices and their potential contributions.

While you do not have to pre-register, young scientists are now invited to propose specific topics for discussion under the event theme and/or questions for the experts in an email to or one of the session conveners.



- Section 1 (10:30-11:15) Presentations by experts

- Section 2 (11:15-12:00) Open discussion between expert panel and audience

- Section 3 (12:13:15) (Optional) Opportunity for informal discussion with experts in room R7 during lunch (NOTE: You can bring your own lunch or grab a coffee and bring it back)