If you were to claim that Water Resources Research (published by the American Geophysical Union) is the world's foremost hydrologic/water resources journal you would get little or no arguments - certainly not from me.
Two years ago the AGU published a 50th anniversary issue of WRR that chronicled 50 years of advances in water resources:
The 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research includes more than 60 peer-reviewed articles covering topics from the history and legacy of hydrology to global change, water resources, and past and future societal impacts, selected by the editors. This summary includes the preface and two overview articles and a full table of contents. The full issue is available here: https://bit.ly/AGUWRR50. [Note: this link does not work.]
Here is the summary, sent to me by Anne Jefferson:
Here is the Preface:
50 years of Water Resources Research: The times are changing and so is WRR
Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’
Bob Dylan (1964)
In the year 1965, more environmental acts were enacted by Congress than in any other year, such
as the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act, the Water Quality Act, the Federal Water Project Recreation Act, and the Water Resources Planning Act, following the Water Resources Research Act of 1964. 1965 also marked a key moment in climate change history that few remember: the first presidential mention in a special message to Congress on the environmental risk of carbon dioxide pollution from fossil fuels (Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Volume I, entry 54, pp. 155–165). Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) and Udall’s The Quiet Crisis (1963) did the spadework for the environmental movement in the mid-60s leading to the Earth Day in 1970. 1965 was a special year for water and the environment, as well as for Water Resources Research (WRR), born in March 1965.
In the mid-60s, water scientists took a broad view of water science, and WRR embraced this view by being innovative, interdisciplinary, rigorous, and proactive. The breadth of topics published in its first few issues is stunning, e.g., by Arrow (1965), future Nobel Laureate in Economics, on water-related social investments; by Fox (1965) on the need to improve water management institutions, laws, and policies to solve our pressing water problems; by Yevjevich (1967) criticizing the concepts of Probable Maximum Flood used for design; by Smart (1967) developing subtle mathematics on Horton’s laws; by Lee (1967) on the hydrologic importance of leaf stomata, to mention only a very few. The rigor, the breadth, the depth, the breaking-new-ground mentality of WRR continued throughout its 50 years of history, making it the go-to journal for pioneering ideas, new mathematical theories and models, and state-of-the-art applications to real-world problems, as well as a place to review, criticize, and debate.
Since 1965, the world population has more than doubled, from 3.3 to 7.3 billion, and water challenges have become ever daunting compounded by climate change, the need for sustainable water, food, and energy, environmental consciousness on human rights and equity, and even exploration of life beyond our planet. As this anniversary issue attests, WRR has stood tall to face those emerging problems and has provided the bedrock of science advances and science-based solutions.
Who knows what the next 50 years will bring? But it is refreshing to think that the next generation of water scientists and engineers who will define the next 50 years of WRR will be passionate about their science and the world, rigorous, well educated in breadth and depth, and inspirational leaders who will bring about a collective growth and solutions hardly imaginable today.
This issue is dedicated to you next generation with our firm commitment to listen, mentor, and pave ways so you can achieve by 2065 what we cannot even imagine today.
President, Hydrology section of the American Geophysical Union University of Minnesota, September 7, 2015
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky