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Meeting the grand challenge of sustainable water management requires an integrated, interdisciplinary research response.

This challenge cannot be solved by natural scientists, engineers or social scientists working in isolation. We build on existing research excellence from across Cardiff University to address complex water issues and research questions in a truly interdisciplinary manner. These questions include:

  • How can we sustainably manage catchments to support people and ecosystems?
  • How do we adapt water systems to global change risks?
  • How do we use and re-use water more wisely?


Our research groups explores a range of topics in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

Staff and students check experimental stream equipment


Find out more about our exciting research activities.

Landscape showing Llyn Brianne reservior in autumn


The institute is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities accessible to affiliated researchers and stakeholders.