Alabama Water Institute Efforts
Researchers from across the University are diligently trying to address the need for clean, accessible water in a variety of ways. Professors and students in this area want the University to be a leader in collecting and transforming water resource information into actionable knowledge.
Faculty and students in biological sciences specialize in ecology and biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems, including the anthropogenic influences impacting largescale watersheds, as well as coastal and marine systems.
Researchers in chemical and biological engineering study membrane separations, toxic compound extraction, and the energy-food-water nexus.
Key research areas include climate and climate change impacts; fate and transport of contaminants in the environment; bio-contaminant removal; global water, sanitation, and hygiene; stormwater and emerging contaminants; and water and wastewater treatment.
Computer scientists are on the leading edge of using data analytics, high-performance computing and social intelligence across a wide range of research fields.
Faculty and students in electrical and computer engineering are studying bio-contaminant removal as well as remote sensing of snow and moisture.
Researchers in geological sciences integrate ground and surface water research linking atmospheric, surface, and subsurface processes to address and predict long-term changes in hydrology.
Geography professors and students focus on hydrological modeling, fluvial process, water law and policy as well as remote sensing and GIS.
Researchers in mathematics specialize in computational and mathematical modeling and have also contributed to research related to water.