The Global Water Center

The rocky shore of Lake Tahoe with a pine forest leading away and up to the mountains in the distance

We solve water issues.

The University of Nevada's Global Water Center is a response to societal demands for creative, integrative approaches in solving complex issues related to water resources. The Center's mission is to translate science into actionable solutions accessible to stakeholders; develop a multidisciplinary, cooperative effort to solve water issues; and create novel, "high tech" tools (drones and models) to predict future conditions of water resources.

Our core approaches to solving issues include:

  • Developing consensus-based solutions by creating and promoting partnerships across institutions (universities, government and nongovernmental organizations, and private industry) that solve water resource management issues,
  • Acting as an "honest intermediary" where information is transferred across institutions, promoting environmentally sustainable and economically favorable strategies for managing water resources,
  • Nurturing the next generation of problem solvers that want to reach "beyond the ivory tower" to foster collaborative approaches to conserving water resources, and
  • Showcasing successful products, strategies, and models that facilitate solutions to water problems.

The Global Water Center trains up-and-coming researchers to tackle 21st-century water issues and provides a collaborative space and structure for experts currently infield. Projects range from climate change to invasive species, dams to drought, pollution to pathogens and well beyond.

The goal is real impact. Tackling hard-hitting, complex projects with teams of experts using proven data-driven methods and working with private industry, the Global Water Center engineers win-win, sustainable solutions for the environment.


Sudeep Chandra poses outside

Sudeep Chandra

Director of the Global Water Center, Dr. Chandra brings together researchers from around the world to work together on conservation projects. His own work ranges from researching nonnative species and the effects of land use to developing conservation plans and sustainable public policy.

Stephanie McAfee out in the field

Stephanie McAfee

Dr. McAfee studies the way climate changes over time using historical data and projections for the future. Her research informs conservation and resource management issues like storm movement and drought, climate change and ocean surface temperature, Alaskan snowfall projections and more.

Scott Tyler handles cable out in the field

Scott Tyler

From the Atacama Desert in Chile to Switzerland, Sri Lanka to Antartica, Dr. Tyler's research has taken him around the globe. He and his team of students and postdoctoral researchers study groundwater / surface water interactions in aquatic ecology, root dynamics and low-cost desalination.

Meet all of our researchers.

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