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Center History

The Hydrologic Research Center (HRC) was established as a non-profit, public-benefit research and technology transfer corporation in July 1993. Traditionally, basic academic research occurs independent of operational or applied efforts leading both areas to suffer unrealized potential development. This unfortunate problem is endemic to many scientific disciplines. HRC was created to help bridge the large gap existing between scientific research in hydrology and applications for the solution of important societal problems that involve water.

HRC was formed at a time of decline in science and engineering research support in constant dollars. We hoped that administrators and policy makers would recognize potential benefits of our research for society and allow us to complement our basic science funding with funding from agencies or other organizations that favored the use of science in applications. Our track record shows that this hope was justified. By visiting the categories on the top navigation bar, you can explore our company and its history through descriptions of past and present Projects, basic scientific Research, Education and technology transfer, Publications in refereed journals, and Implemented Systems.

Basic and applied research in conjunction with our collaborators has led to an exciting variety of projects, publications, and educational, training, and technology transfer achievements. We have worked with our colleagues from universities, private industry and local government agencies to develop conservation and management systems, as well as systems for river flow and flood analysis, prediction, warning, and mitigation. With interactive assistance and training, many of these systems are fully operational and are run autonomously by host agencies with little or no maintenance on our part.

Today, our research and development work spans the globe with completed and ongoing projects throughout North, Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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Precipitation & Soil Moisture Animations
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