Water resources engineers plan, design and manage surface and groundwater systems. This includes construction of water collection, storage, and distribution systems for municipal, agricultural and industrial uses. Hydrologists and hydraulic engineers evaluate flows and stocks of freshwater resources on the land surface, construct water control facilities to enable societal use of water resources, and are increasingly responsible for the conservation of water resources.
Areas of expertise of the WRES group in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are:
- Environmental hydraulics and sedimentation
- Groundwater transport
- Large-scale hydrologic processes
- Water resources systems