The research conducted by Hydrologic Sciences students includes research conducted by CU departments, CU institutes, CU centers, and nearby government labs, most of which are located either on campus or on the CU East Campus. East Campus is within a short (~20 min) walk or can be reached by bus, which departs every 10 minutes during the day.
The institutes and centers exist to facilitate interdisciplinary research. Some Hydrologic Sciences faculty hold joint appointments between a Department and one of CU-Boulder's research institutes and centers. Whether or not your office and research will be housed within one of the institutes, your M.S. or Ph.D. will be granted by a department, and you will benefit from the camaraderie of the other Hydrologic Sciences and departmental graduate students.
CADSWES researches, designs, prototypes and develops integrated decision support systems to help solve real-world water resources and environmental problems.
Includes collaborative research projects with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop common tools for river and reservoir system management.
CIRES is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder to conduct innovative research that advances our understanding of the global, regional, and local environments and the human relationship with those environments, for the benefit of society.
CWEST is a scientific and educational partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) with the center being a part of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). CWEST brings together the expertise and facilities of both the USGS and the University of Colorado (CU) to advance our understanding of the planet’s earth and hydrologic systems.
INSTAAR studies physical and biogeochemical environmental processes associated with Quaternary and modern environments. Research includes geochronology, human and ecosystem ecology, oceanography, landscape evolution, biogeochemistry, and climate. Traditional focus has been on high-altitude and high-latitude regions but current research includes other areas. Strong in graduate education and exposure of undergraduates to the research process.
WWA is an applied research program that is a part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The mission of WWA is to conduct innovative research in partnership with decision makers in the Rocky Mountain West, helping them make the best use of science to manage for climate impacts, particularly those related to water resources. WWA includes researchers in multiple disciplines—climatology, hydrology, ecology, social sciences, and law—at the University of Colorado-Boulder and several other institutions in the region.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have research laboratories located in Boulder. Many scientists at these laboratories collaborate extensively with faculty and scientists at CU, and are affiliates of CWEST, CIRES, or INSTAAR or have appointments on the graduate faculty.
USGS laboratories are located on the CU East Campus and can be reached by bus or on foot. The laboratories house advanced analytical facilities for characterization of water and sediment, including ICP-MS and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy. Through the extensive collaborations of the USGS scientists in Boulder there are opportunities for students to work with USGS researchers in Denver, and at other research centers and state district offices around the country. Many USGS researchers hold appointments through CU departments or institutes and typically support 1-2 graduate students on hydrologic science research projects in collaboration with CU scientists. In addition to the USGS scientists listed under the People section, it is possible for students to working with additional researchers not yet listed.
A number of ongoing, interdisciplinary studies are conducted, in core research areas, including:
NCAR laboratories are located in Boulder near CU. They provide research and education services in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR's mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related Earth and geospace systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally; to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth.
NEON is located in Boulder near CU. It is a continental-scale observatory collecting freshwater aquatic, terrestrial, and airborne ecological measurements across the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. NEON’s mission is to “contribute to a better understanding and more accurate forecasting of how human activities impact ecology and how our society can more effectively address critical ecological questions and issues”.
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory - Chemical Sciences Division is located in Boulder near CU. They focus on research, monitoring and forecasting conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. NOAA’s mission is “Science, Service and Stewardship”, which includes: