Stu Hamilton (Author, Hydrology Corner Blog) posing with Agasha, a silverback mountain gorilla, in Rwanda.

The African continent is characterized by diverse geographic features, climates, and cultures but a common denominator is that African nations are working hard to improve social stability, economic security, public health, and environmental sustainability. Solutions emerging from various political adventures seem to be evolving toward a mix of governance approaches sourced from the west (based on an ideal of democratic capitalism) and those sourced from...

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Magnifying glass on a Dodo bird, an extinct species.

I have been playing around with Paul Whitfield and Jennifer Dierauer’s Flowscreen R package designed for detecting trends and changepoints in hydrological time series and it got me thinking about how time series data analysis may be becoming an endangered activity. The immediate priority for any monitoring agency is to provide data for urgent requirements. Real-time data dissemination is king. You need to go well...

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Stage vs. discharge plot.

A recommended read for anyone interested in uncertainty is Keith Beven's (2015) 'Facets of uncertainty: epistemic uncertainty, non-stationarity, likelihood, hypothesis testing, and communication,' (Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2015.1031761). There are many points that Keith Beven makes that I strongly agree with, but today I would like to focus on one question he uses as a section heading: "Can we talk of confidence rather than uncertainty...

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