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Water is essential to our planet. Without it, there is no life. Yet, there are many environmental challenges that need to be addressed to ensure the continued health and safety of water resources worldwide.

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Protecting a Valuable Resource

The University of Michigan is developing new technologies, research, educational programs, and partnerships to better understand and effectively address the world’s most critical issues pertaining to water, from aquatic life to infrastructure and water quantity.

Making Waves

From protecting the Great Lakes to tackling global drought, U-M’s research environment fosters creativity, collaboration, and effective problem solving across a variety of disciplines. Some of our key partnerships include: the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program, Michigan Sea Grant and the U-M Water Center. Find U-M experts in sustainability and environmental science, across fields and academic units.

In The News

Earliest recorded ‘ice-out’ date on Douglas Lake at U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan
Earth Month puts focus on U-M sustainability efforts
A wetter world recorded in Australian coral colony
Master's project focuses on closing knowledge gaps in water resource management, climate adaptation efforts in water-scarce nations
Adapting crops for people and the planet
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