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Water

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, the U-M Water Center, and the Urban Collaboratory. Find U-M experts in sustainability and environmental science, across fields and academic units.

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