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Alabama Water Institute

The Alabama Water Institute and its partners form the epicenter of cutting-edge water research to operations, addressing water challenges on a local, regional, national, and global scale.


To both carry out cutting edge and applied research and to train the next generation of scientists to provide actionable, novel solutions for a more water-secure world.


To be internationally recognized as a world-class, multidisciplinary water research institute that provides interdisciplinary knowledge and solutions for critical water problems and issues

Research Focuses

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UA Researchers Part of $2.5M National Freshwater Ecosystem Study

Dr. Arial Shogren (right) and her students at the South Sandy Creek watershed.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – To the south of The University of Alabama’s campus, in the Oakmulgee district of the Talladega National Forest, is the South Sandy Creek watershed. It’s where Dr. Arial Shogren and her students are collecting data to see how ecosystems are impacted by headwater stream networks.

UA Researchers Study Urbanization Influence on Snow Precipitation

Average snow probability contrast between urban and buffer regions over the continental U.S.

A new study from researchers at The University of Alabama showing the influence of urbanization on snow precipitation across the United States has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

AWI Staff, Affiliates Attend Scientific Research and Education Network

SciREN educators learn about research and lesson plans from UA faculty.

The Alabama Water Institute recently participated in the Scientific Research and Education Network, or SciREN.  Marine science graduate students created SciREN to share their research with school children. Since its founding, the network has spread to multiple institutions and states, including The University of Alabama. 

New Initiative to Boost Ecological Education, Conservation in Southeastern US

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A pioneering educational initiative aimed at empowering the next generation of ecologists and conservationists is taking root in the Southeastern United States. A team of researchers led by The University of Alabama is launching the Woods to Water, or W2W, project that is focused on helping early career scientists understand critical linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

  • April WaterWorks

    April 26

    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    110, Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center (AIME)