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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.


We all know that water is vital to life, but it is also vital to daily life as we know it. From industry to agriculture, electricity generation, transportation, health, and recreation, water is the backbone of all aspects of our society and economy.

The University of Alabama is proud to be at the epicenter of cutting-edge water research, helping to address a breadth of water-related challenges on a local, regional, national, and global scale.

The creation of the Alabama Water Institute in 2017 shows how committed The University of Alabama is to the future of water research. We are thrilled to support a multitude of researchers and collaborators on our campus who can help develop solutions for a more water-secure world. AWI focuses on supporting transdisciplinary water research here at UA. Our affiliated researchers focus on a wide range of topics in many of UA’s colleges and departments . We want to find new ways and innovative solutions for the complex water problems of the 21st Century, and that’s why we continue to bring in the most experienced and talented faculty and student researchers. It’s also why we partner with so many agencies, including the NOAA National Water Center and the USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility, which are both here on our campus. UA’s campus is continuing to evolve into a major global hub for water research. The University’s investment in water research, including the Alabama Water Institute, shows its dedication to supporting the sustainment of an integral piece to our lives, society, and economy.

Defense Department Unveils Guidebook for Engaging Tribal Nations

Defense Department Guidebook for Engaging Tribal Nations Cover

The U.S. Department of Defense has released a new guidebook aimed at helping its personnel build and maintain collaborative relationships with federally recognized sovereign tribal nations, particularly concerning land and environmental issues.

UA Student Team Wins EPA Award for Water Quality Assessment

UA student team photo

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A student-led team from The University of Alabama has received a federal award for its research into helping private well owners in Alabama predict and identify the risk of water contamination after flooding.

Alabama Water Institute, CIROH Researchers Earn Pilot Project Seed Funding

River Delta

A cloud-based hydrologic model evaluation software pilot project from the Alabama Water Institute has earned seed funding from the Earth Science Information Partners Lab.

UA Faculty and Students Present at Freshwater Mollusk Symposium, Win Award

Matt Lodato with his award at the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society meeting.

Faculty members and students from The University of Alabama recently attended the 13th Biennial Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The conference was held April 10-14.

Matt Lodato, a Ph.D. candidate in UA’s Department of Biological Sciences, won the award for Best Student Platform Presentation.