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A Guide to Finding Your Footing as an Early-Career Field Hydrologist

Fieldwork is often an important component of data collection and student training within the hydrologic sciences. Field sites are typically located outside of the traditional classroom environment which can introduce less defined norms, external threats to psychological and physical safety, and contribute to power imbalances. Given the unique challenges posed by fieldwork, it is essential for research groups to reflect on their own personal comfort levels, conduct risk assessments, and regularly discuss evidence-based strategies to ensure participant safety. To address this need, three early-career field hydrologists have identified six elements of field-based research, synthesized field resources and outlined discussion questions. While we acknowledge that there are many unique considerations required for field-based research, we hope this guide can serve as a starting point for more inclusive, equitable, and safe fieldwork.



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