University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

Water Resources
Engineering and Science



Paul Block
Steve P. Loheide II 
Ken Potter
Daniel Wright
Chin H. Wu

Affiliated Faculty

Katherine McMahon
Dante Fratta

Professors of Pracitce

Rich Beilfuss
Tom Jenkins
Fred Klancnik

Post-doctoral students
and researchers

Eric Booth
Solomon Erkyihun


Research groups

Hydroecology Group
Environmental/Ecological Fluid Mechanics Lab
Water Systems & Society

Related Programs

Water Resources Management
Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program
Geological Engineering
UW Water Resources Institute



Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota, UW-Madison.

The campus community enjoys a warm spring day at the UW-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. Photo: Bryce Richter.

The two primary foci of the water resources engineering & science group are hydrology and environmental/ecological fluid mechanics with particular strengths in water sustainability; computational fluid mechanics; flow, mixing and thermal structure of lakes; stochastic hydrology; groundwater hydrology; engineering hydraulics; stream and wetland restoration; stormwater management; and hydroecology.  The group investigates applied and theoretical problems in both the built and natural environments.  Field methods, laboratory experiments, remote-sensing techniques, numerical modeling, statistical modeling, and analytic approaches are combined to address scientific and engineering questions leading to better water resource management, a better interface between the built and natural environments, and more sustainable use of water resources.

Current research projects

WSC Cat-2: Climate change, shifting land use, and urbanization in a midwestern agricultural landscape: challenges for water quality and quantity

Principal Investigators: Chris Kucharik, Steve Loheide, Adena Rissman, Steve Carpenter, Monica Turner
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Water Sustainability & Climate Program

CAREER: Improving the science and practice of restoration with hydroecologic observatories
Principal Investigator: Steve Loheide
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Environmental Sustainability & Hydrologic Sciences Program

Collaborative Research: 

New knowledge from the global lake ecological observatory network
Principal Investigator: Chin Wu and Paul Hanson
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Application and Demonstration of Floating Bog Interceptors (FBIs) for Cherokee Marsh Restoration

Principal Investigator: Chin Wu
Sponsor: Dane County, Wisconsin

Yahara Clean Water Intiatives

Principal Investigator: Chin Wu
Sponsor: Dane County, Wisconsin

INFOS for WINgra Best Management Plan (WIN-BMP)
Principal Investigator: Chin Wu
Sponsor: City of Madison