Articles | Volume 23, issue 1
Education and communication
22 Jan 2019
Education and communication |  | 22 Jan 2019

Flooded by jargon: how the interpretation of water-related terms differs between hydrology experts and the general audience

Gemma J. Venhuizen, Rolf Hut, Casper Albers, Cathelijne R. Stoof, and Ionica Smeets


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (21 Sep 2018) by Erwin Zehe
AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (26 Oct 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Nov 2018) by Erwin Zehe
RR by Charlotte Kaempf (08 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (10 Dec 2018) by Erwin Zehe
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Dec 2018) by Erwin Zehe
Short summary
Do experts attach the same meaning as laypeople to terms often used in hydrology such as "river", "flooding" and "downstream"? In this study a survey was completed by 34 experts and 119 laypeople to answer this question. We found that there are some profound differences between experts and laypeople: words like "river" and "river basin" turn out to have a different interpretation between the two groups. However, when using pictures there is much more agreement between the groups.