Diving into the history of the water sciences

Over the next months and years, this website will be updated with the results of a National Science Foundation-funded research project at the University of Pennsylvania on the history of fluvial geomorphology—the scientific discipline that seeks to explain how running water shapes and reshapes the surface of the Earth.

The project focuses on the ways that new kinds of data—precise, quantitative, and abundant—were integrated into the work of geomorphologists from the 1950s through the 1980s, and on the profound transformations in both the practice of science and the management of rivers and streams that resulted.

More soon! In the meantime, check out a growing bibliography of key sources and more information about the project’s aims and methods and the team behind it, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments.