interdisciplinary hydrologic science that allows fair consideration of the new research directions in translational hydrologic science that are needed to solve societal problems. Underpinning success in translational hydrology is successful communication between involved groups. Yet communication can often be challenging because of factors such as the lack of a common vocabulary or a common understanding of terms. The educational experiences for young hydrologic scientists should include experiences that enhance communication skills.
This report challenges scholars in the hydrologic sciences to engage in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that is both relevant and exciting and that continues to promote education to ensure that a new generation of hydrologic scientists and engineers equipped to face future water resource challenges is born. Water problems will become more complex and global water scarcity will continue to manifest itself in different ways, presenting challenges that have not heretofore been addressed in any consistent way. The challenges of the future, therefore, will require more systematic attention to the importance of hydrologic science in the public policy process. In turn, researchers in the hydrologic sciences will be required to collaborate and communicate with colleagues in the social sciences, including economics, political science, psychology, and sociology, to a far greater extent than has been the case in the past. Hydrologic science will thrive to the extent that it promotes this breadth simultaneously with deeper disciplinary knowledge.