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President's Message

I am thrilled to address our members in my first message as President of the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH). While the new calendar year does not bring the much-needed renewal that I, and I am sure most of you, thirst for – we do have a lot to be excited and enthusiastic about for AIH in 2021. We have a fantastic leadership and management team, along with strong priorities and ambitious initiatives for advancement of AIH. As AIH President, my priorities include:

  • Address “fundamentals” for improved effectiveness and efficiency of association
  • Improve outreach and engagement with AIH members, hydrology community, and public
  • Grow recognition of AIH and increase membership

Over the next few months, I will post messages that delve into more detail for each of these priorities and share status of the many initiatives that our all-volunteer Executive Committee and additional volunteers are working on. In the meantime, I encourage you to either reach out to me directly or contact our management office if interested in taking on a volunteer role to address either of the above priorities and/or AIH’s goal and mission.

Additionally, as I write this message on Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service, I’d like to remind our members to consider what we should do to help our communities advance social justice, racial equity, and inclusion related to hydrology and water resources.
In collaboration with Sarah Erck, our Executive Director, our management team, and Executive Committee, we are looking forward to next steps for advancing AIH’s goals and mission. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to contact me, Sarah, our management office, or either of our EC members – we are here to serve you!

- Jamil S. Ibrahim

What is the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH)?

The American Institute of Hydrology (AIH), founded in 1981, is a non-profit scientific and educational organization that certifies the competence and ethical conduct of professionals in the field of hydrology. AIH's goal is to promote hydrology as a science and  profession and to help protect public interest from non-professional practices.

Take a moment to review the AIH Member Guide and our Fact Sheet to learn more about the American Institute of Hydrology.

Professionals interested in being certified as hydrologists are evaluated by the AIH Board of Registration, which consists of nationally recognized and respected scientists and professionals. Candidates are evaluated for their education and experience, and are required to take one or more written examinations to demonstrate their competency. AIH encourages and facilitates continuing education of professionals certified by it.

In addition to certifying professionals in the field of hydrology, AIH also strives to improve the professional skills and abilities of its members, the professional community, and the public at large. It does so by disseminating hydrology-related information and connecting members through the AIH Bulletin, the AIH website, and various social media platforms.  Learn more...


Water (ISSN 2073-4441) is a peer-reviewed open access journal on water science and technology, including the ecology and management of water resources, and is published monthly online by MDPI. It’s been indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science) with Impact Factor of 2.544 (2019), Scopus (2019 CiteScore is 3.0) and other databases. More information at:

Hydrology (ISSN 2306-5338) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal of hydrology published quarterly online by MDPI. It is covered by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) in Web of Science, as well as GeoRef and Scopus (2019 CiteScore: 3.2).

Who Should Apply for Certification?

If you are currently practicing in a hydrology-related field and engaged in academics or applied aspects of hydrology, you should consider applying for certification. Once you meet the minimum requirements and are prepared to take the certification examination, you can choose to apply for one of AIH's three specialty areas:
*Surface Water
*Water Quality
If you are a technician in the field of hydrology, Hydrologic Technical certification is also available. Currently enrolled students can apply for Student Membership of AIH. 

Benefits of Certification

Certification by AIH provides a means by which the public, employers, and clients can recognize those hydrologic professionals who are judged by their peers to possess the proper and necessary qualifications to practice their profession with integrity.
Benefits of being certified by AIH include:
*Peer recognition of professional competence in hydrology
*Career resources
*A nationwide network of hydrologists
*AIH Bulletin
*Access to continuing education resources