Toward a unified science of the Earth's surface: Opportunities for synthesis among hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and ecology

Chris Paola, Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, William E. Dietrich, Miki Hondzo, David Mohrig, Gary Parker, Mary E. Power, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Vaughan Voller, Peter Wilcock

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Abstract

The Earth's surface is shaped by the interaction of tectonics, water, sediment, solutes, and biota over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and across diverse environments. Development of a predictive science of Earth surface dynamics integrates many disciplines and approaches, including hydrology, geomorphology, ocean and atmospheric science, sedimentary and structural geology, geochemistry, and ecology. This paper discusses challenges, opportunities, and a few example problems that can serve as pathways toward this integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberW03S10
JournalWater Resources Research
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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