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 Seminars

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 3:30-4:30 PM, ECJ 1.204

Keeping the Austin Lime Softening Plants Running During a Flood: How an EWRE Education Helps Solve Real Problems for Drinking Water Utilities
Greg Pope
Keeping the Austin

A BEM/RANS Iterative Method applied to an Axial Turbine Farm
Seungnam Kim

See the flyer for March 12 or view the seminar schedule.


Simulation: Riding in car for 120 min w/ infected passenger who seems fine other than a cough every few mins. (1) a lot of SARS-CoV-2 virus (in fine aerosol particles) accumulation in car cabin w/ windows closed; (2) cracking window open slightly = dramatic reduction. #COVID19

Congratulations to 5 new NSF graduate research fellowship among our current EWRE students -- Matt Stiles, Emma Palmer, Aubrey McCutchan, Areeb Hossain, and Carolyn Cooper. And there's 5 more new fellowships in this the Fall 20 applicants -- here's hoping they join us!

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EWRE Service Center

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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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