Water resources engineers help ensure that the quality and quantity of water is adequate to maintain our lifestyle. They are also involved in the design, constructions, and maintenance of hydroelectric power facilities, canals, dams, pipelines, pumping stations, locks, and seaport facilities.

Main Research Areas

CO2 Sequestration

Flood Modeling


Urban Water Engineering
& Sustainability


The following are sub-diciplines of the Water Resources faculty:


Steve Burian

Urban water systems
Green infrastructure
Flood modeling
Water-energy nexus
Urban water-energy-climate-ecology interactions Urban terrain characterization

Modeling, data analysis, and field observations are the research methods.

Christine Pomeroy

Watershed Management
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Stormwater Best Management Practices
Modeling, Design, & Analysis of Urban Water Systems
Fluvial geomorphology
River Mechanics

B.J. McPherson

Groundwater resource analysis
Oil and gas resource analysis (sedimentary basin analysis)
Subsurface multiphase, coupled thermal-hydrologic-mechanical-chemical modeling
Relative permeability measurement and modeling
Geothermal energy assessment and system modeling
Hydrology of subsurface faults and fractures
Subsurface CO2 sequestration, especially risk and uncertainty assessment

All research utilizes a ternary lab, field and computer simulation approach!

Research Projects