Water Resources Planning and Management

Water Resources Planning and Management

Program Coordinator:
John Labadie, Ph.D.
(970) 491-6898

The Water Resources Planning and Management Division is unique in providing a linkage of the technologies available in the existing water-related disciplines in civil engineering, including hydrology, hydraulics, groundwater, and environmental engineering, with interdisciplinary studies in economics, water law, natural science, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and decision science, for the purpose of providing graduate training and conducting interdisciplinary research in water resources planning and management.

The decision-making focus of the WRPM Division places emphasis on application of advanced computer technology, decision support systems, geographic information systems, mathematical programming, and artificial intelligence to water resources and environmental systems. These tools are applied to complex multiple objective problems involving analysis of multi-facility, multi-purpose systems requiring coordinated planning, management, and operations for water supply, hydropower, flood control, irrigation, wastewater management, water quality control, ecological enhancement, and conjunctive use of groundwater and surface water.

Graduate studies in Water Resources Planning and Management typically consider issues like the following:

  • Water Resources Planning
  • Water Resource Systems Analysis
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Advanced Computer Technology for Water Management
  • Geographical Information Systems in Water Resources
  • Simulation and Optimization Modeling Technologies
  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in Reservoir System Design and Operation
  • Integration of Water Quantity and Water Quality Management
  • Water Infrastructure Planning and Management
  • Conjunctive Management of Groundwater and Surface Water Resources
  • Advanced Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Water Management
  • Automation and Real-time Control of Water Systems