It is April 2021, spring for the northern hemisphere. My last update about the ecohydraulics community was in November and it sure has been a busy period between then and now. The Ecohydraulics community has been well served scientifically by a suite of major events during which we have had several sessions: ISE2020 web series, the IAHR Young Professional Network inaugural conference, the IAHR 85th anniversary event, and the Fall 2020 AGU conference. Next up is vEGU2021. it has been a lot of good effort to bring these to fruition, and it seems like audiences have appreciated and valued them.
The other major development has been the solidification of future ISE meetings. We went through a process of changing the location for ISE2022 on relatively short notice. We also held a transparent, open, inclusive process for selecting a location for ISE2024. Details are on the site’s home page, so I won’t repeat them here.
Of great importance to the community, but not so much in our control, is the status of the Journal of Ecohydraulics. In 2020 IAHR selected a new editor-in-chief for the journal to begin January 2021. The IAHR Ecohydraulics technical committee had no role in that process, unfortunately, but we stand ready to support the new editor and help insure the success of the journal. Toward that end, I have updated the web page on this site for the journal to highlight some of the articles that came out under the direction of the inaugural editorial team. You can see a nice, diverse mix of topics covered. The best thing we can do to support the journal is choose to submit manuscripts to it. If you work on Ecohydraulics, I would think that you should want to have at least 1 article published in the Journal of Ecohydraulics, right 🙂
Looking ahead, it is time to start conceptualizing the totality of what we want the ecohydraulics community to organize itself around. What matters to us enough to invest our precious individual time to help bring it to fruition? This is the question we have to ponder, so we can think strategically about our future.