Special Issue "Advances and Innovations in Observational Hydrology"


A special issue of Hydrology (ISSN 2306-5338).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Matthew McCabe
Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Water Desalination and Reuse Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Website: http://hydrology.kaust.edu.sa/Pages/Matthew_McCabe.aspx
Interests: hydrological cycle; water resources engineering; earth system modeling; evapotranspiration; in-situ measurement; land-atmosphere interactions; climate impacts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The capacity to document the various elements of the hydrological cycle is central to advancing our understanding of water cycle dynamics, behavior and interactions within the Earth system. Apart from supporting fundamental theoretical and empirical developments in the hydrological sciences, in-situ observations play a central role in almost all aspects of hydrology, but especially in the calibration of process descriptions, evaluation of satellite-based retrievals or in the independent assessment of land surface, global climate or other modeling schemes.

Recent advances in observational hydrology have opened up new fields of investigation and provided deeper insight into aspects of hydrological science. Likewise, there has been a range of techniques adopted from related Earth science fields that have provided new understanding into hydrological processes. There have also been developments to existing approaches that have improved the precision and accuracy with which measurements can be made, providing a greater fidelity of monitoring response and the capacity for increased hydrological characterization.

This special issue invites contributions on observationally driven hydrological investigations that utilize instrumentation, approaches or techniques to provide improved understanding of the hydrological cycle or its component variables. Topics of interest might include, but are not restricted to, studies exploring: cosmic ray soil moisture systems; stable isotopes; distributed temperature systems; multi and hyperspectral sensors; or other traditional sensing systems that provide improved hydrological insight. Papers are solicited that give a state-of-the-art review of existing sensing techniques for hydrological observations, present new or improved observation sensing techniques or advanced applications of observation sensing methods.

Prof. Dr. Matthew McCabe
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Hydrology is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • in-situ monitoring
  • instrumentation
  • distributed sensing
  • hydrological measurement
  • hydrological cycle
  • evapotranspiration
  • soil moisture
  • rainfall
  • groundwater
  • runoff

Published Papers

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Last update: 9 May 2014

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