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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-392
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-392

  02 Aug 2021

02 Aug 2021

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A Hydrologist's Guide to Open Science

Caitlyn A. Hall1, Sheila M. Saia2, Andrea L. Popp3, Nilay Dogulu4, Stanislaus J. Schymanski5, Niels Drost6, Tim van Emmerik7, and Rolf Hut8 Caitlyn A. Hall et al.
  • 1The Honors College and Biosystems Engineering Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 2Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 3Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • 4Independent researcher, Ankara, Turkey
  • 5Department of Environmental Research and Innovation, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • 6Netherlands eScience Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 7Hydrology & Quantitative Water Management Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • 8Water Resources Section, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Abstract. Open, accessible, reusable, and reproducible hydrologic research can have a significant impact on the scientific community and broader society. While more individuals and organizations within the hydrology community are embracing open science practices, technical (e.g., limited coding experience), resource (e.g., open access fees), and social (e.g., fear of being scooped) challenges remain. Furthermore, there are a growing number of constantly evolving open science tools, resources, and initiatives that can seem overwhelming. These challenges and the ever-evolving nature of the open science landscape may seem insurmountable for hydrologists interested in pursuing open science. Therefore, we propose general Open Hydrology Principles to guide individual and community progress toward open science for research and education and the Open Hydrology Practical Guide to improve the accessibility of currently available tools and approaches. We aim to inform and empower hydrologists as they transition to open, accessible, reusable, and reproducible research. We discuss the benefits as well as common open science challenges and how hydrologists can overcome them. The Open Hydrology Principles and Open Hydrology Practical Guide reflect our knowledge of the current state of open hydrology; we recognize that recommendations and suggestions will evolve and expand with emerging open science infrastructures, workflows, and research experiences. Therefore, we encourage hydrologists all over the globe to join in and help advance open science by contributing to the living version of this document and by sharing open hydrology resources in the community-supported repository (https://open-hydrology.github.io).

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Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • AC1: 'Principle 2 Section Inclusion for hess-2021-392', Caitlyn Hall, 09 Aug 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-392', Francesca Pianosi, 02 Sep 2021
  • CC1: 'Comment on hess-2021-392', Lina Stein, 21 Sep 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on hess-2021-392', Koen Hufkens, 01 Oct 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on hess-2021-392', Anonymous Referee #3, 08 Oct 2021

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Impactful open, accessible, reusable, and reproducible hydrologic research practices are being embraced by individuals and the community, but taking the plunge can seem overwhelming. We present the Open Hydrology Principles and Practical Guide to help hydrologists move toward open science, research, and education. We discuss the benefits and how hydrologists can overcome common challenges. We encourage all hydrologists to join the open science community (https://open-hydrology.github.io).