Water, Climate and Energy

Water management infrastructure

Above: Water is routed into a treatment facility.


 

Water resources lie at the center of this century’s most urgent environmental challenges. At the same time, energy production and supply will continue to drive anthropogenic climate change, exacerbating the risks of water shortages, floods, vector-borne diseases and disrupted food production. To ensure reliable and safe water resources for a rapidly growing global population, research must address basic and emerging questions and find novel solutions.

Faculty in this department work on the grand challenges of our changing climate. How do energy supply and green-house gas emissions alter atmospheric dynamics? What are the spatial and temporal patterns of the water cycle, particularly at the extremes of flood and drought? We aim to explain how these processes work and interact, and in so doing develop prognostic capabilities in the service of a global human population. Our work is steeped in classical concepts and in step with breakthrough research.

Faculty

Elie Bou-Zeid
Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Turbulence, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Urban Climatology & Hydrology, Wind Energy
Ian Bourg

Water at Interfaces, Clay Minerals, Nanogeochemistry, Groundwater Hydrology

Michael Celia
Groundwater Hydrology, Geological Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide, Modeling Multiphase Flow in Porous Media
Peter Jaffé
Feammox; Fate/Transport of Pollutants; Biotransformation of Organics/Metals; PFAS Defluorination; Waste Treatment.
Ning Lin
Hurricane Hazards, Risk Analysis, Coastal Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation
Jyotirmoy Mandal

Optical metamaterials; heat mitigation and sensing, radiative transfer across nanoscales, built environments, and the atmosphere

Denise Mauzerall
Energy/air quality/water/climate nexus; Impacts of energy choices; Atmospheric chemistry modeling
Reed Maxwell
Hydrology, Understanding perturbations to the hydrologic cycle through observations and numerical models, Reactive transport, Scaling in watersheds, Coupled simulation and high-performance computing
Reza Moini
Architected Materials; Advanced and Additive manufacturing; Bio-inspired Design; Automated Robotic Fabrication
Catherine Peters
Environmental Geochemistry, Subsurface Engineering, Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide, Water Quality, X-Ray Spectroscopic Imaging
Amilcare Porporato
Ecohydrology, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics
Anu Ramaswami

Sustainable infrastructure, cities, Food-Energy-Water Nexus, environmental modeling, science-policy linkages, India

Zhiyong Jason Ren

Water-Energy Nexus; Environmental Technologies; Waste Treatment; Resource Recovery; Microbial Electrochemistry

James Smith
Hydrology and Hydrometeorology of Extreme Floods
Claire White
Sustainable Cements; CO2 Capture and Utilization; Disordered Materials: Multiscale Modeling and Characterization
Mark Zondlo
Atmospheric Chemistry and Composition Group