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Hydrology in society: approaches for fostering collaborations across disciplines and beyond scientists

Inter- and transdisciplinary research deals with socially relevant problems, with a clear urgency for decision-making. The aim of this session is to discuss approaches that foster interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in human-water interaction with the objective to provide novel findings which would otherwise remain unknown.

Contributions are invited, but are not limited, to the following themes:
1. Co-production of knowledge and policy. Who are the users of our knowledge, how useful is our knowledge for those societal users, how useful are our tools, models and methods? What approaches are available to support a fruitful collaboration between hydrological science and practitioners? What novel findings have been revealed through collaborative research that would otherwise have remained hidden? How do we deal with uncertainty, adaptation, path dependencies but also with aspects of power, inequality and vested interests in these co-production processes?

2. Interdisciplinary collaborations. Transdisciplinary research requires an interdisciplinary collaboration that accounts not only for the physical processes of water systems, but also the interaction between physical and societal components of these systems. How do we create the interdisciplinary knowledge needed to address the questions faced by decision-makers and societal stakeholders? How have new, interdisciplinary, science questions been generated in response to existing and emerging research problems? How can individual disciplinary perspectives come together in interdisciplinary studies and experiments?

3. Hydrology as practiced within society. Scientists are not removed from the things they study. How has hydrology been shaped by the historical interplay of cultural, political and economic factors? And how does hydrological knowledge intersect with societal discourses as it is applied in water resources management? What are the opportunities and challenges that this science/society nexus creates for producing scientific knowledge?

We welcome traditionally researched contributions on inter and transdisciplinary processes, methods and case studies, but also practical experiences with collaborative research that are not usually reported in mainstream hydrology journals, but which are important to discuss to improve our capacity to engage in research beyond disciplines and scientists.

Convener: Thomas ThalerECSECS | Co-conveners: Gemma Carr, Sharlene L. GomesECSECS, Britta HöllermannECSECS