Never Ask for a Lighter Rain but a Stronger Umbrella

Saket Pande, Melissa Haeffner, Günter Blöschl, Mohammad Faiz Alam, Cyndi Castro, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky, Rick Hogeboom, Heidi Kreibich, Jenia Mukherjee, Aditi Mukherji, Fernando Nardi, Marcus Nüsser, Fuqiang Tian, Pieter van Oel, Murugesu Sivapalan

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In a recent editorial in the journal Nature Sustainability, the editors raised the concern that journal submissions on water studies appear too similar. The gist of the editorial: “too many publications and not enough ideas.” In this response, we contest this notion, and point to the numerous new ideas that result from taking a broader view of the water science field. Drawing inspiration from a recently hosted conference geared at transcending traditional disciplinary silos and forging new paradigms for water research, we are, in fact, enthusiastic and optimistic about the ways scientists are investigating political, economic, historical, and cultural intersections toward more just and sustainable human-water relations and ways of knowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number822334
JournalFrontiers in Water
StatePublished - Jan 11 2022


  • conceptual and methodological pluralism
  • first sociohydrology conference
  • inclusive dialogues
  • societal feedbacks within engineering designs
  • water crises

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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