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The Hydro-Kansas Research Project

"The greatest challenge today, not just in cell biology and ecology, but all of science, is the accurate and complete description of complex systems."
Edward O. Wilson (1998)

The Hydro-Kansas (HK) research project is a decade-long effort to develop a robust, testable theory for river basins as complex systems, a theory formulated on principles that will remain robust in an ever-changing planetary hydro-climate. Its objective is to predict hydrologic, landscape and ecological responses on a wide range of space and time scales to alterations of the basin-scale atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere amidst natural climate fluctuations, and effects of land use changes resulting from human practices.