Hydrologic Science and Uncertainty Assessment 

at the University of Michigan 

Our research focuses on developing and communicating answers to important societal questions about historical and future variability in regional water quantity and quality over multiple time scales.  We pursue projects that directly support sustainable environmental and human health management and policy decisions. Planning for and adapting to fluctuating water supplies, for example, requires differentiating and effectively communicating relative impacts of climate change, consumptive use, and engineered water management solutions.  

Similarly, ensuring water supplies are of a high enough quality to meet their intended use requires identifying and mitigating detrimental impacts of point and non-point source pollution and understanding complex coastal physical processes. Our research group develops creative and high-impact solutions to these types of real-world hydrologic science problems through novel modeling and statistical analysis techniques, direct engagement with stakeholders, and integration of expertise and resources across scientific disciplines and institutions.

Samuel Trask Dana Building

School for Environment and Sustainability 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 

Our Lab In the Media

Video by Eric Shaw, University of Michigan Communications (2021)How will fluctuating water levels across the Great Lakes impact the growth of cities, people moving to the region, changes in water supply, and the overall economy? In this video, Drew Gronewold and Dick Norton of University of Michigan discuss the changing water levels and what we can do to adjust to them.