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
Water case studies
- Management of slope stability in communities
- Modelling urban flood risk in developing countries
- The effects of roots on soils exposed to water erosion
- A blueprint for the flood risk management industry
- Developing whole city flood models
- Cascading uncertainties in flood modelling
- Biogeochemical cycles
- Weather radar for flood forecasting
- Flood data and expertise enhanced new World Bank risk reduction tool
Bristol's Water Initiative is a research group that brings together researchers from a variety of backgrounds to try to address a variety of water-related issues and the disproportionate access to global water resources.
Did you know?
You can do an MSc in Water and Environmental Management here at the University of Bristol.