CWEST is conducting exciting research in locations around the globe - from the extreme environments of acid mine drainage streams with pHs that can sometimes be negative to the extreme environment of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, one of the coldest and driest locations on earth - and a variety of always interesting environments in between. As part of interdisciplinary teams, CWEST researchers work to better understand the ecosystems and environments of the world we live in and to bring that improved understanding to help address some of the challenges that we face today. We will continue to add more research themes in the future.

Water and Environmental Quality

Water and Environmental QualityWater quality research at CWEST is focused on developing the science and tools necessary to develop sustainable solutions to emerging water quality problems, ensuring water quality and availability in order to mitigate the impacts of human-related perturbations to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Research Project List


Water Resources and Snow Hydrology

Water Resources and Snow HydrologyOver 25% of the global population live in semi-arid portions of the globe in which water demands meet or exceed water supply. CWEST projects investigate the processes governing the hydrologic cycle in the context of climate variability and change. Distributed models and remotely sensed data are brought to bear on basic and applied research questions with the aim of facilitating informed water resources planning and management.Research Project List

Water-Ecosystem Interactions

Water-Ecosystem InteractionsCWEST engages in research regarding the feedbacks between water and life across gradients in climate and associated ecotones. Projects under this theme are focused on the processes governing the terrestrial carbon cycle, the co-evolution of landscapes and water, and the hydrologic controls on nutrient cycling and ecosystem function.Research Project List