Integrated Groundwater Management Project

About the NSF-Funded IGM Project

The Integrated Groundwater Management (IGM) project, funded by the National Science Foundation Track-2 EPSCoR program, is developing a data analysis framework for harnessing big hydrological datasets to manage groundwater resources in the Southeastern United States. This project supports interdisciplinary research teams at nine universities located in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.  The Alabama institutions include the University of Alabama, Alabama State University, Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, and Tuskegee University; the Louisiana institutions include the Louisiana State University, Southern University, and A&M College; and the Mississippi institution is the University of Mississippi.  The research teams are building a strong water workforce that will work together to develop novel tools and solutions for solving groundwater resource management problems by utilizing multi-scale observational datasets and computational models.


The intellectual mission of the IGM project is to pursue transformative research ideas that will challenge the status quo practices in the groundwater hydrology field and develop novel methods for sustainably managing groundwater resources.  Our technical mission is to harness the power of big datasets using novel computational modeling tools and also develop robust algorithms and datasets that will provide new scientific insights by making groundwater predictions at an unprecedented fine spatiotemporal resolution for various southeastern aquifers located in the southeast United States. The broad impact mission is to develop a strong, diverse, water workforce in the southeastern region with sound training in the water resources area.


To build interjurisdictional, interdisciplinary research expertise to develop sustainable water research programs for solving different types of complex water management problems.  We will train experts who will become national and international leaders to manage global water problems, and concurrently increase diversity in the water industry.

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