Hydrology, Water Resources & Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Water is the essence of life and the driver of nature. Our group is committed to education and research that prepare students to address critical water-related issues in a broad range of areas at the forefront of current science and technology. From experimental fluid dynamics and transport phenomena to physically-based hydrologic models to understanding large-scale climate drivers of hydrologic variability to multi-objective management of major river systems, we are gaining ground in understanding the complex interactions between hydro-geo systems, ecosystems and human systems. 

Graduate student research can involve lab experimentation, numerical simulation, field work, hydrologic and ecosystem modeling, water resource systems engineering, and decision making processes with research primarily funded by top science and water management agencies including NSF, NOAA, NASA, EPA, USBR, and USACE.

The program features courses on the movement, transport, and distribution of surface and subsurface water in the environment and advances in water resources engineering. Core course topics include surface hydrology, groundwater hydrology, environmental fluid mechanics, and water resource systems analysis. A variety of additional courses provides analytical and modeling skills and advanced topics. M.S. students can pursue a thesis or coursework option of 30 semester hours. Ph.D. degree requires additional coursework as well as a dissertation.