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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

Research Focuses

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Hydrologic AI Forecasting Program Equips Undergraduates with Essential Water Research Skills

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The Research Experience for Undergraduates, or REU, is an undergraduate program focusing on artificial intelligence for hydrologic forecasting. Students learn to apply data science and computer programming skills to research new computational tools for forecasting floods, droughts and water quality. The students in the program can learn from some of the best researchers that the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology, or CIROH, has to offer.

CIROH Hosts Second Annual Developers Conference

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The Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology, or CIROH, hosted its second annual Developer’s Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the University of Utah. The conference was held May 29-June 1. The conference focused on a wide range of topics relating to hydrological forecasting, particularly of extreme events – in line with CIROH’s current research and development emphasis. These included hydrological modeling, or NextGen; flood inundation mapping, or FIM; hydroinformatics; social science and community engagement.

CIROH Hosts National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute

A group of people posing for a photo inside the National Water Center. They are participants of the CIROH National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute. The group includes both men and women, with diverse backgrounds, and they are dressed in casual attire. The background shows a control room with multiple monitors and workstations. The NOAA logo is prominently displayed on the desk in front of the group.

The National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute is a seven-week experiential learning program that brings graduate students together with academic researchers, other professionals and NWC staff. Since 2015, more than 180 students have participated in the program, which continues to play an important role in advancing the National Water Model and water prediction in the United States.

Atkinson Honored with Leadership Award from Society for Freshwater Science

Dr. Carla Atkinson

Dr. Carla Atkinson, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama, has received the 2024 Leadership Award from the Society for Freshwater Science. Atkinson has been a member of the SFS for more than 15 years and has become an integral leader in the study of freshwater mussels, one of the most threatened faunal groups in aquatic ecosystems.

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