Sunday, February 16, 2020

University of Texas at Austin receives $3.9 million water infrastructure research

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) will use $3.9 million in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to develop the Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, which will research sustainable water infrastructure modeling.

The center will use open source water infrastructure models and share tools and research with local communities and stakeholders, as well as engage the local community and individuals by being open to the public.

“Cities around the country are struggling to manage flooding and pollution from stormwater runoff, and climate change is making things even more urgent,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “UT will help develop sustainable solutions to 21st century water problems, while working with communities and coders to promote green infrastructure.”

The EPA said climate change will impact water resources, as the warming atmosphere will alter the hydrologic cycle. This will lead to changes in precipitation patterns in terms of the amount, timing, form and intensity. Additionally, watersheds and aquatic and marine environments are likely to be affected by changing weather patterns due to climate change. Investing in water research is an attempt to achieve the necessary understanding and develop the necessary tools to ensure water quality and availability moving forward.

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