" I pose the question: ‘are we spawning a generation of ‘computer hydrologists’? An affirmative reply to this question would not necessarily be bad if these people had a strong grasp on process understanding; however, the evidence I have seen would strongly support the need for increasing the emphasis on hydrological processes in tandem with continuing modelling efforts."
From: Sidle, R.C., 2006. Field observations and process understanding in hydrology: essential components in scaling. Hydrological Processes, 20(6): 1439-1445.