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.


  • 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
  • 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,...
  • 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