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Water, Environmental, and Coastal Systems

The water, environmental, and coastal systems technical expertise of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering focuses on the physical, hydrologic, hydraulic, and atmospheric processes that underpin the built and natural environment. Using a complex array of design strategies and tools, including modeling, artificial intelligence, Big Data, and in-situ sensors, our faculty and students are conducting timely research to inform policymakers and industry on the grand challenges of our time.

Areas of study

  • Water cycle and air systems modeling
  • Impact of climate change, and climate prediction using AI and Big Data
  • Hydrologic modeling, dynamic simulation, and fluid mechanics
  • Coastal processes and engineering
  • Green infrastructure in the coastal environment
  • Water resource systems management
  • Remote sensing of the environment
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Natural and built waterways
  • Industrial ecology and techno-economic assessment
  • Contaminant flow