Protecting Our Most Critical Resource
The Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources has established national and international leadership in hydrology and watershed management research, teaching and outreach. From the pioneering work of Dr. James Gregory on the hydrology of wetland soils in eastern North Carolina to ongoing work on forested catchment ecohydrology in the mountains of North Carolina by Dr. Ryan Emanuel, our program encapsulates the diversity of the state and includes the full spectrum from theoretical to applied work.
Water is arguably the most critical natural resource, and research on how we can best manage water resources moving into an uncertain future of global change will continue as a fundamental component of NC State’s land grant mission. Scholarship in this core strength is related to the interdisciplinary nature of our work. Our research contributes to long-lasting sustainable solutions and make us the go-to place for solutions to society’s grand challenges in natural resources.
Hydrology and Watershed Management Research Features
Flawed Environmental Justice Analyses
Ryan Emanuel discusses the federal permitting of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the failure of regulators to acknowledge or consult with Native American tribes.
Gushing about a Forest Water Reuse Facility
Elizabeth Nichols is leading an interdisciplinary collaboration examining new methods for purifying water and improving community water sources across the country.
Meet Our Hydrology and Watershed Faculty
Interested in Hydrology and Watershed research? Contact our faculty to learn more and get involved.