The University of Kansas, a Tier 1 comprehensive research institution, is leading efforts to address the challenges of water. In the last five years, KU researchers have been awarded over $20M for sponsored projects to explore many dimensions of the water puzzle including:

  • More than 50 projects characterizing critical variables such as groundwater geology, aquifer depletion rates, streambank stability and erosion, and climatic and atmospheric conditions.
  • More than 40 projects exploring innovative technologies like wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery, urban stormwater management, and water infrastructure such as bridges and constructed wetlands.
  • More than 30 projects focusing on knowledge and tools to advance flood forecasting, address reservoir sediment management, and improve water quality.

The complex interactions of coupled human and natural systems at the heart of the water cycle require collaborative and interdisciplinary research that integrates human dimensions, engineering technology, climate science, and natural ecosystems. At KU these studies are supported by the Departments of Geology, Geography and Atmospheric Science, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Sociology, Economics, Mathematics, and the School of Law. Nearly 100 faculty are engaged in water-related research. 





Current and Upcoming Events

2017 Governor's Water Conference

November 8-9, Hilton Garden Inn, Manhattan, Kansas

The conference brings together scientists, water managers, state and federal officials and legislators, city and county administrators, environmental organizations, irrigators and citizens who share an interest in Kansas water resources. Building on the Governor’s 50 Year Water Vision we will focus on the four themes: Water Conservation, Water Management, Technology and Crop Varieties and Additional Sources of Supply. These themes include, but are not limited to reservoirs; municipal and industrial water; watersheds; High Plains and other aquifers; irrigation and water conservation; droughts, floods and climate change; water transfers; water reuse; water and energy; water and health.  

For more information on the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas, visit the Kansas Water Office website.




If you are interested in joining the water research community or you have information that you would like to make available to the this community please contact either individual listed below:

Bob Rummer,
Director of Research Development,,
Tricia Bergman,
Director of Strategic Partnerships,,

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