Center for Water and the Environment

CWE carries out advanced research, education, design and planning in water resources and environmental management in Texas, across the United States, and internationally.

  • We are the central focus for environment and water research at The University of Texas.
  • We work with other institutions in Texas and around the world to address complex environmental issues.
  • We share results of advanced research with government, industry and other educational institutions.
  • We educate students, involve them in applied research, and provide support to lead the advancement of water resources and environmental management.

New Research

Using Surface Information for Quantitative Modeling of the Subsurface

channel velocity
Paola Passalacqua, Associate Professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is starting a new collaborative research project with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Delaware.

Mineral Alteration of Shales by CO2 and Brine Containing Surfactants

CO2 injection well
Charles J. Werth, Professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has announced the funding of this new project. Werth will be working together with Co-Investigator Kishore Mohanty, also a Professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as Dr. Lynn Katz in the Cockrell School.

Next EWRE Seminar

Thursday, November 14th 2019, 3:30-4:30 PM, ECJ 1.312

Accomplishing Removal and Destruction of Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) In Contaminated Groundwater
Dr. Timothy J. Strathmann
Pilot membrane-UV treatment system

 Dr. Timothy J. Strathmann

See the flyer for November 14 or view the seminar schedule.


Congratulations to @kerrykinney14 & Atila Novoselac @ut_caee on this interesting @sloanfoundation funded project
Transport of indoor aerosols to hidden interior spaces

PFAS is a hot issue in the water sector. We've created a 16-page document to help explain the issue to all concerned. Check it out: #waterquality #AWWAConnections

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EWRE Service Center

Got samples but nowhere to analyze them? The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Analytical Service Center provides a unique analytical facility for determining concentrations of environmental contaminants in soil, air and water samples.

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Meet CWE Researchers

The CWE research team is comprised of esteemed University of Texas professors, research scientists, engineers, and others who are leaders in their respective fields. Collectively they are are conducting innovative and diverse research projects to better the environment and positively impact our world. Meet the Researchers

Explore Our Research Projects

CWE is actively conducting research on more than 35 projects in the areas of:

  • Climate Adaptation and Management
  • Education and Outreach
  • Environmental Technology and Resource Recovery
  • Pollutant Exposure Impacts and Remediation
  • Water and Environmental Management

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