EGU General Assembly 2022
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Some reflections on Eric Wood’s career

Dennis Lettenmaier
Dennis Lettenmaier
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, United States of America (

I will reflect on some of Eric’s major accomplishments, and my own experiences from having worked with him for over 40 years.  This will go back to our first professional meeting, at a meeting of the AGU Committee on Network Design in the late 1970s.  It will also include early consulting work, including Love Canal in particular, his leave at the (then) UK Institute of Hydrology in 1984, and work with the late James R Wallis.  I will focus especially on development of the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model starting in the early 1990s, and its many applications by his group over the last two plus decades.  I’ll finish with reflections on his approach to hydrologic research, and some messages our younger colleagues can take away from his life and contributions.

How to cite: Lettenmaier, D.: Some reflections on Eric Wood’s career, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-3054,, 2022.