Panta Rhei 2013–2015: global perspectives on hydrology, society and change

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  • Hilary McMillan
  • Alberto Montanari
  • Christophe Cudennec
  • Hubert Savenije
  • Heidi Kreibich
  • Tobias Krueger
  • Junguo Liu
  • Alfonso Mejia
  • Hafzullah Aksoy
  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre
  • Yan Huang
  • Dominc Mazvimavi
  • Magdalena Rogger
  • Bellie Sivakumar
  • Tatiana Bibikova
  • Attilio Castellarin
  • Yangbo Chen
  • David Finger
  • Alexander Gelfan
  • Arjen Y. Hoekstra
  • Hongyi Li
  • Shreedhar Maskey
  • Thibault Mathevet
  • Ana Mijic
  • Adrián Pedrozo Acuña
  • María J. Polo
  • Victor Rosales
  • Paul Smith
  • Alberto Viglione
  • Veena Srinivasan
  • Elena Toth
  • Ronald van Nooyen
  • Jun Xia

External organisations

  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
  • Università di Bologna
  • INRA Centre de Rennes
  • Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology
  • Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution, GFZ German Centre for GeoSciences
  • Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin
  • South University of Science and Technology of China
  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • University of Uppsala
  • Changjiang Water Resources Commission
  • University of the Western Cape
  • TU Wien
  • UC Davis
  • Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University
  • Reykjavik University
  • Russian Academy of Sciences
  • University of Twente
  • United States Department of Energy
  • UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
  • EDF Electricite de France
  • Imperial College London
  • Instituto de Matemáticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria
  • University of Córdoba
  • Instituto Mexicano Del Petroleo
  • Lancaster University
  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
  • Wuhan University


In 2013, the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) launched the hydrological decade 2013–2022 with the theme “Panta Rhei: Change in Hydrology and Society”. The decade recognizes the urgency of hydrological research to understand and predict the interactions of society and water, to support sustainable water resource use under changing climatic and environmental conditions. This paper reports on the first Panta Rhei biennium 2013–2015, providing a comprehensive resource that describes the scope and direction of Panta Rhei. We bring together the knowledge of all the Panta Rhei working groups, to summarize the most pressing research questions and how the hydrological community is progressing towards those goals. We draw out interconnections between different strands of research, and reflect on the need to take a global view on hydrology in the current era of human impacts and environmental change. Finally, we look back to the six driving science questions identified at the outset of Panta Rhei, to quantify progress towards those aims.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1191
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Issue number7
Early online date12 Apr 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2016


  • climate change, global hydrology, human impacts, hydrological decade, Panta Rhei, society, socio-hydrology, water resources, water security

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