Hydrologic Observatories

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Hydrologic observatories (HOs) are conceived to be large-scale field facilities that will provide the coherent, multi-disciplinary characterization of the landscape necessary to advance a number of environmental sciences, including hydrology, biogeochemistry, ecology, geomorphology and limnology.  The hydrologic cycle provides the organizing principle for the design of these observatories, distinguishing them from other observatories that are being considered, such as NEON and CLEANER.  For these sites to be successful, they must attract scientists from across the country and around the world.