University of Oulu

H. Marttila, H. Laudon, L. M. Tallaksen, F. Jaramillo, K. Alfredsen, A.-K. Ronkanen, B. Kronvang, E. Lotsari, M. Kämäri, P. Ala-Aho, J. Nousu, J. Silander, H. Koivusalo, B. Kløve; Nordic hydrological frontier in the 21st century. Hydrology Research 1 May 2022; 53 (5): 700–715. doi:

Nordic hydrological frontier in the 21st century

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Author: Marttila, H.1; Laudon, H.2; Tallaksen, L. M.3;
Organizations: 1Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden
3Physical Geography and Hydrology Section, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
4Department of Physical Geography and Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
5Baltic Sea Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
6Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
7Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki, Finland
8Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
9Department of Built Environment, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
10Bioeconomy and Environment, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: IWA Publishing, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-07-18


The 21st century has brought new challenges and opportunities and has also increased demands on the Nordic hydrological community. Our hydrological science focus and approaches need rethinking and adaptation to the changing requirements of society in response to climate change and human interventions, in search of more comprehensive and cross-disciplinary solutions. This commentary highlights new possibilities and suggests vital steps forward for the scientific discipline within Nordic hydrological research. By providing a common direction, we hope to increase awareness, accelerate progress in the hydrological community, and emphasize the importance of hydrological knowledge for serving other fields of science and society at large. We hope that our vision and the opportunities we identify will raise awareness of the scientific discipline and assist in the long-term development of the Nordic hydrological frontier in the 21st century.

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Series: Hydrology research
ISSN: 1998-9563
ISSN-E: 2224-7955
ISSN-L: 1998-9563
Volume: 53
Issue: 5
Pages: 700 - 715
DOI: 10.2166/nh.2022.120
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1171 Geosciences
Copyright information: © 2022 The Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY 4.0), which permits copying, adaptation and redistribution, provided the original work is properly cited (