Toward a unified science of the Earth's surface: Opportunities for synthesis among hydrology, geomorphology, geochemistry, and ecology Academic Article uri icon


  • The Earth's surface is shaped by the interaction of tectonics, water, sediment, solutes, and biota over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and across diverse environments. Development of a predictive science of Earth surface dynamics integrates many disciplines and approaches, including hydrology, geomorphology, ocean and atmospheric science, sedimentary and structural geology, geochemistry, and ecology. This paper discusses challenges, opportunities, and a few example problems that can serve as pathways toward this integration. Copyright 2006 by the American Geophysical Union.

author list (cited authors)

  • Paola, C., Foufoula‚ÄźGeorgiou, E., Dietrich, W. E., Hondzo, M., Mohrig, D., Parker, G., ... Wilcock, P.

citation count

  • 75

publication date

  • March 2006