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Alabama Water Institute

Interdisciplinary Efforts

Researchers from across the University span engineering, sciences, social science disciplines from departments, including

Biological Sciences

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.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Researchers in chemical and biological engineering study membrane separations, toxic compound extraction, and the energy-food-water nexus.

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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 Science

Computer scientists are on the leading edge of using data analytics, high-performance computing and social intelligence across a wide range of research fields.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty and students in electrical and computer engineering are studying bio-contaminant removal as well as remote sensing of snow and moisture.

Geological Sciences

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.

The Watershed Game

The Watershed Game is an interactive tool that helps individuals understand the connections between land use and water quality. Participants learn how a variety of land uses impact water and natural resources, increase their knowledge of best management practices and learn how their choices can prevent adverse impacts. Participants apply plans, practices and policies that help them achieve a water quality goal for stream, lake or river.

Trained Watershed Game Facilitators can now check out any of the 4 game versions:

  • Local Leaders Stream
  • Local Leaders River
  • Local Leaders Lake
  • Classroom

Game versions will be reserved and checked out on a first reserved, first-served basis.

If you have not been trained to use the Watershed game or would like assistance with facilitating the game, please contact Lanna Nations at for more information.


Students watching as a demonstration is given using Enviroscape.

AWI is excited to offer faculty affiliates the ability to sign out our Enviroscape. This watershed pollution teaching tool is like a barbie dream house for watersheds. Students can create their town and watch how best management practices keep pollutants out of waterways. They will decide the best places to implement these solutions to have the cleanest surface and subsurface water. They will learn about point source and non-point source pollution. You can learn more about Enviroscapes by watching the video below.

To sign out this tool, email Lanna Nations at