We are transforming the evidence base for water-based decision making in a changing and deeply uncertain world.
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We are 1st in the UK for Water Resources research
The field of Water Resources at this University is ranked 1st in the UK, 3rd in Europe and 9th globally according to Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2018. Find out more.
What we do and why we have impact
We offer world leading research, training and innovation in hydrology, biogeochemistry and water resources.
We build cutting edge hydrologic models from local to global scales.
We monitor the environment at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution.
We link deep process knowledge with the analysis of human behaviour to gain new insights into the coupled socio-hydrological system.
Current water research projects
Resilience of transport networks to flood-induced bridge failures
Road networks are fundamental for keeping the country running safely and efficiently. Bridges are crucial elements of these networks, since they cross over otherwise impassable obstacles.
Characterising the nature, origins and impact of dissolved organic matter in freshwater ecosystems
From toxic algal blooms to the mobilisation of pollutants, could understanding the complexities of dissolved organic matter help society tackle environmental decline?
Unravelling the complexity of vulnerability, risk and resilience in flood hazard systems
We are becoming more vulnerable to natural hazards. Since 1950, the ongoing trend shows increasing losses from global catastrophes, but why is this?
Understanding flood risk in America
New flood modelling shows that 41 million Americans are at risk from flooding rivers, more than three times the current estimate.
Drivers and consequences of environmental change in drylands
As climate changes, the world’s driest regions will be hit hardest. Already in a delicate balance with limited rainfall and high temperatures, dryland environments and the societies within them, are now facing immense challenges of adapting to environmental change.
Developing a floating platform for surveying water quality
We are enabling the production of high resolution water quality distribution maps to survey the water quality for the entire Floating Harbour in Bristol.
Bridging the gap between research and practice in water resource management
As the world population increases, there is a growing need to channel finite water resources for everything from agricultural irrigation and household supply, to flood mitigation and hydropower.
Improving how we measure and respond to rainfall
The ability to accurately measure the quantity and locations of rainfall is vital for water management processes to operate effectively. This is especially true in urban areas where the design and operation of storm sewer systems are highly sensitive to rainfall.
As temperatures rise, water shortages possible in cold regions
More than a sixth of the world’s population – over one billion people – rely on meltwater emanating from snow and ice for their main water supply.
Identifying South East Asia's most vulnerable settlements
Good flood risk assessments can help save lives by understanding who and what is at risk, and therefore what protections are required. But what happens when there's not enough data?