The University of Southampton
Engineering and the Environment

Water and Environment

Research in Water and the Environment is a key focus in Engineering and the Environment. Internationally respected Water and Environmental Engineers and Scientists collaborate at the interdisciplinary interface to identify and meet the key challenges in the sustainable development of water and other environmental resources to improve quality of life.

Overview

We work closely with experts representing a wide range of disciplines within the fields of water engineering, environmental engineering, physical and biological sciences, applied ecology, energy, fluid dynamics and ecohydraulics, water resource and waste management, and the social sciences.

Current research can be categorised into five broad areas: Water Engineering, Waste, Ecosystem Services, Ecological Engineering and Carbon.

In close collaboration with partners in industry, government (policy setters and regulatory bodies), and non-government organisations, our research is disseminated not only to the academic community, but also to the wider public where the outputs achieve considerable societal impact.   

Multi-beam sonar measurements of River Hamble bathymetry (Hampshire, UK)
Multi-beam sonar measurements
Water management in Saudi Arabia
Water management in Saudi Arabia
Area of flooding
Area of flooding
Our researchers are using anaerobic digestion to recycle food waste and produce biofuels
Food waste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We work closely with experts representing a wide range of disciplines within the fields of water engineering, environmental engineering, physical and biological sciences, applied ecology, energy, fluid dynamics and ecohydraulics, water resource and waste management, and the social sciences.

Current research can be categorised into five broad areas: Water Engineering, Waste, Ecosystem Services, Ecological Engineering and Carbon.

In close collaboration with partners in industry, government (policy setters and regulatory bodies), and non-government organisations, our research is disseminated not only to the academic community, but also to the wider public where the outputs achieve considerable societal impact.   

Multi-beam sonar measurements of River Hamble bathymetry (Hampshire, UK)
Multi-beam sonar measurements
Water management in Saudi Arabia
Water management in Saudi Arabia
Area of flooding
Area of flooding
Our researchers are using anaerobic digestion to recycle food waste and produce biofuels
Food waste

Research Areas

Water Engineering

Waste

Ecosystem Services

Ecological Engineering

Carbon

Facilities

Our researchers have access to a number of key specilalist facilities on our main campus and at the Chilworth Science Park along with partner facilities within the UK and abroad.

Anaerobic digestion facilities

Algal biomass

Analytical facilities

Environmental biotechnology (Fermentation) 

Hydraulic Engineering facilities

Anaerobic Digestion Facilities
Anaerobic Digestion Facilities
Hydraulic Engineering Facilities
Hydraulic Engineering Facilities

Postgraduate opportunities

If you are interested in joining us either to study or to become part of our research team please select the relevant link below for further information.

Funded PhD Opportunities

Postgraduate Taught Courses

Current job vacancies at the University of Southampton 

Publications

Articles

Staff

Related Projects

Related ProjectsStatusType
Development of low-cost methods for treatment and reuse of drainage and urban wastewater by adaptation of waste stabilisation ponds for extreme continental climatesActiveOther
Study of the parameters for optimisation of the design and performance of waste stabilisation ponds in extreme continental climates ActiveOther
Treatment, Extraction and Reuse of Chemically Complex Alkaline Leachates from LandfillsActiveOther
Assessment of how landfilling could affect the ecology of the far-field aquatic environmentActiveOther
Evaluation of a reticulated foam bioreactorActiveOther
Development of options for damage limitation and environmental restoration of mercury-contaminated areas in north-central KazakhstanActiveOther
Creation of a network of scientists and engineers for sustainable management of the water resources of the Aral basinActiveOther
Study of the equilibrium and kinetics of mercury sorption and desorption by power station fly ash and assessment of the role of ash in limiting the bio-availability of mercuryActiveOther
Study of the mercury of the River NuraActiveOther
Satellite image processing techniques for effective management of land use and irrigation demand in the Aral basin - INTAS AralActiveOther
JAYHUN - Interstate water resource risk management: Towards a sustainable future for the Aral BasinActiveOther
Development of cost-effective methods for minimising risk from heavy metal pollution in industrial cities: A case study of mercury pollution in Pavlodar (TOXICMANAGEMENT)ActiveOther
TWINBAS - Twinning European and third countries river basins for development of integrated water resources management methodsActiveOther
Enhancing Mercury Capture by wet FGD SystemsActiveOther
StarStream (2007-2015) - Cleaning with low volumes of cold waterActiveOther
Bioganix Demonstrator Project - Research, Monitoring and EvaluationActiveOther
Spring ponds - algal biomass systemsActiveOther
Lockerley Water Farm - intermittent loading algal pond systemActiveOther
System requirements for low-cost energy-efficient algal biomass cultivation for biofuel productionActiveOther
Integrated Systems for Farm Diversification into Energy Production by Anaerobic Digestion: Implications for Rural Development, Land Use & EnvironmentActiveOther
All-Gas: Industrial scale demonstration of sustainable algae cultures for biofuel productionActiveOther
Biocycle - Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of the South Shropshire DigesterActiveOther
BV Dairies KTPActiveOther
Comparative evaluation of mesophilic and thermophilic digestion of source segregated domestic food wasteActiveOther
CROPGEN - Renewable Energy from Crops and Agro-wastesActiveOther
Water Availability and the Production of Biofuels - An Integrated AssessmentActiveOther
AmbiGas - Biogas production from high volume industrial effluents at ambient temperaturesActiveOther
VALORGAS - Valorisation of food waste to biogasActiveOther
TRIF PS - Particle size requirements for effective bioprocessing of biodegradable municipal wasteActiveOther
TRIF MBR - Anaerobic membrane reactor technology for biodegradable waste stabilisationActiveOther
Optimising Inputs and Outputs from Anaerobic Digestion ProcessesActiveOther
TRIF Auto - Evaluating the effect of autoclaving on the rate of bioprocessing of wasteActiveOther
SUE Waste Project 3 - Appropriate scales and technologies for bioprocessing of organic urban wastes including energy production from anaerobic digestionActiveOther
Anaerobic degradation of renewable plasticsActiveOther
Optimising processes for the stable operation of food waste digestionActiveOther
Industrial Collaboration for Promoting SustainabilityActiveOther
Environmental Optimisation of the Production of Bricks and Tiles at Honey Lane, SelborneActiveOther
EU - China Cooperation for Liquid Fuels ActiveOther
Measuring stability of digestates from AD of source-segregated biodegradable waste and manuresActiveOther
Fish passage upstream over gauging structuresActiveOther
Distribution and activity patterns of brown trout in a chalk riverActiveOther
Improving fish passage at low-head river barriersActiveOther
The impact of tide gates on fish migrationActiveOther
Improving fish passage design in ChinaActiveOther
Impacts of low-head hydropower on freshwater fish migrationActiveOther
Developing behavioural guidance technologies for European eel (Anguilla anguilla)ActiveOther
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