Mountain Hydrology Research

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington


One fourth of the earth's continents is composed of mountainous terrain

Mountain rivers provide water for 40% of the world's population

Our research goals are to understand spatial patterns of snow accumulation, snowmelt, and streamflow in complex terrain, particularly as they relate to changes in weather and climate.
Our educational goals are to help students and the general public understand how large-scale weather and climate patterns affect the supply of water they drink and the temperatures in their own backyards.
Resource managers have little control over weather and climate, but they can make spatial decisions of which areas to protect, to restore, or to depend on for water supplies, and so we believe that understanding spatial relationships can have a positive impact on societal choices.

We invite you to explore the links at the top of the page for a better idea of what we do!

For further information, contact: Jessica D. Lundquist (