Articles | Volume 22, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1665–1693, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1665-2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 1665–1693, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-1665-2018

Review article 07 Mar 2018

Review article | 07 Mar 2018

From engineering hydrology to Earth system science: milestones in the transformation of hydrologic science

Murugesu Sivapalan

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The paper presents major milestones in the transformation of hydrologic science over the last 50 years from engineering hydrology to Earth system science. This transformation has involved a transition from a focus on time (empirical) to space (Newtonian mechanics), and to time (Darwinian co-evolution). Hydrology is now well positioned to again return to a focus on space or space–time and a move towards regional process hydrology.