The Columbia Water Center is leading intellectual inquiry into the assessment, understanding, and resolution of the most pressing global water issues, combining multidisciplinary academic research with solutions-based fieldwork in collaboration with other Columbia Climate School centers and programs as well as external partners.
America's Water Education: announcing our first blog entry
Why America’s Water Infrastructure Is Crumbling
Prof. Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center, speaks with the Wall Street Journal about America's water infrastructure.
"As the nation’s pipes and treatment plants age, water-main breaks and boil-water advisories are becoming increasingly common. WSJ explains how decades of disinvestment brought the country’s water infrastructure to a tipping point."
Are Amazon Water Filters the Best Way to Quench our Thirst?
Prof. Upmanu Lall, director of the Columbia Water Center, participated in an episode of (don't) Waste Water! to answer the question: Are Amazon Water Filters the Best Way to Quench our Thirst?
What We Do
The Columbia Global Floods Initiative aims to save lives and protect livelihoods by helping policymakers, disaster relief agencies, infrastructure designers, financial institutions, and others better prepare for, manage, and respond to extreme floods.
Flooding in California: What Went Wrong, and What Comes Next
Climate School experts help to explain this devastating weather and what it means in the broader conversation of climate change and disaster response.
Year in Review: Our Top Stories of 2022
A list of some of our most popular articles and videos, plus some of our favorites that you shouldn’t miss.
2022 Climate News You Should Know
Climate School experts weigh in on the past year’s most noteworthy events and developments within their fields.
CWC scientists are creating risk management options by analyzing local and global impacts of climate extremes and environmental disasters on supply chains, developing flood insurance schemes, and partnering with diverse stakeholders to improve the water-related metrics disclosed in ESG reports.