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The Alabama Water Institute and its partners form the epicenter of cutting-edge water research to operations, addressing water challenges on a local, regional, national, and global scale.


To both carry out cutting edge and applied research and to train the next generation of scientists to provide actionable, novel solutions for a more water-secure world.


To be internationally recognized as a world-class, multidisciplinary water research institute that provides interdisciplinary knowledge and solutions for critical water problems and issues

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New Initiative to Boost Ecological Education, Conservation in Southeastern US

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A pioneering educational initiative aimed at empowering the next generation of ecologists and conservationists is taking root in the Southeastern United States. A team of researchers led by The University of Alabama is launching the Woods to Water, or W2W, project that is focused on helping early career scientists understand critical linkages between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

AWI Staff, Affiliates Attend Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting

AWI Affliiates at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Members of the Alabama Water Institute recently attended the 104th Annual American Meteorological Society Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting, held at the end of January, featured several presenters from NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology.

AWI Awards $158,000 in Equipment Support to UA Faculty

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Many pieces of equipment are critical for ensuring successful research at The University of Alabama. The Alabama Water Institute recently awarded $157,891.91 in multiple grants to AWI-affiliated faculty members to support their water-related research efforts. The grants are made available through AWI’s Equipment Support Program.

AWI Interdisciplinary Innovations Program Assists Timely ‘Forever Chemical’ Detection Research

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Combatting “forever chemicals” known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, is crucial because they are persistent environmental pollutants that pose significant health and ecological risks. These chemicals are often found in water, and two University of Alabama researchers are developing a new way to quickly detect them.