Water is both a vital resource and a major environmental hazard.

More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean, safe drinking water while every year 100 million are affected by floods and droughts.

Researchers at the Cabot Institute are making a difference by improving flood hazard modelling and loss forecasting, and developing a simple water test to show water contamination.  See the case studies below for more information.

Multidisciplinary research across the University of Bristol is focused on reducing:

  • waterborne diseases like malaria and diarrhoea, which claim 1.8 million lives each year
  • risk of water-related natural hazards
  • conflict caused by disputed water rights

GW4 Alliance

The University of Bristol is proudly part of the GW4 Water Security Alliance

Contact the water research theme leads

Professor Thorsten Wagener from the Water Engineering Group and Professor Jim Freer from the Hydrology group lead the Water research community at the University of Bristol. Please contact Thorsten Wagener for information about Water research at the Cabot Institute.

Sign up to our water mailing list

If you are a member of academic staff or student at the University of Bristol working in the area of Water research, you can sign up to our water list to stay up to date with all water related opportunities, funding and events. Email cabot-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk and ask to be added to the cabot-water email list.

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