posted 8/10/2013 by Nicole
Water scarcity is becoming a significant problem for many countries. Yes, there is plenty of water on earth, but it is not always in the right place, at the right time and of the right quality. The world is increasingly seeking information to overcome the challenges of securing water for all users, especially with prospects of growing use of water and changing climate. Hydrology is the science that deals with these water related problems.
Hydrologists apply scientific knowledge and mathematical principles to solve water problems such as finding water supplies for cities or irrigated farms, reducing flood risks or controlling soil erosion, etc. Hydrologists are involved in both field investigations and office work; collecting hydrologic data such as stream flows and water levels in the field and interpreting hydrologic data and performing analyses in the office.
In my case, most of my work relies on a computer for organizing, summarizing and analyzing data and for modeling studies such as the prediction of floods, assessing the consequences of reservoir releases or the impacts of earthworks on the existing watercourses. I am also involved in a research project that aims to extend the capacity of existing storm water infrastructure to reduce the risk of flooding in urban areas.
To get here, I studied mathematics, statistics, geology, physics, and computer science during my bachelor degree (Water Engineering) in Iran and then I moved to Australia and completed my master’s degree in water resources management.
What I like most about being a hydrologist is the work I do helps my society to be more environmentally sustainable. We need to respect our planet and environment as well as making it a better place to live in. There are so many things people can do to save the environment, hydrological studies is one of them. Hydrology offers a variety of interesting and challenging career choices. It's a field worth considering.