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We have an exciting program of sponsored research!
Students in our department employ the latest advances in science, engineering, and technology to tackle water-related problems most important to the nation and the world. Our graduate students are engaged in a wide range of theoretical and applied research projects, and many of our undergraduates -- especially those interested in field and laboratory research as a career or those pursuing the Joint B.S.-M.S. degree program -- have opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students on these same projects as well.
Computer, numerical, and chemical modeling provide a foundation for our education and research efforts in many areas, such as:
biogeochemistry and critical zone processes
cosmogenic isotopes and environmental tracers
geophysical methods and vadose zone hydrology
environmental risk and uncertainty
global climate change
interaction of surface and subsurface hydrology
remote sensing applications and neural network design
snow and ice hydrology
subsurface hydrology and contaminant fate and transport
water resources systems
The State of Arizona is our biggest laboratory!
Arizona's diverse climate--from deserts to alpine forests--provides a broad range of hydrologic phenomena to study. In the state's arid regions, many communities rely solely on ground water, while other communities depend on many reservoirs and large public-works projects built to bring water from the mountains to the desert. Our students study with the faculty members who work on these projects, and they learn first-hand about systems analysis, reservoir operations, and the politics of water management.
In addition to the state of Arizona, faculty researchers are engaged in projects in the semi-arid southwest, the Pacific northwest, the midwest and eastern United States, and in field sites around the world. Learn more about individual faculty members' research expertise through the People Directory (click on a name to view the faulty member's Profile).
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