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Research Centers

Unmanned Remote Sensing

Aggie Air research in Alaska

The AggieAir service center at the UWRL deploys and continues to develop AggieAir, a remote sensing unmanned aerial system that collects environmental data for scientific applications and natural resources management problems then processes those data to deliver meaningful, actionable information to end users for applications including precision agriculture, tracking of invasive wetlands plant species and monitoring of instream fish habitat, among others.


Institute for Natural Systems Engineering

INSE crew and boat

INSE researchers develop, test, and apply a wide range of tools to assess water resource systems and environmental impacts; perform hydraulic and advanced physical habitat model; spatially sample river corridors using remote sensing, Global Positioning System (GPS) and hydro-acoustics. INSE also collaborates with the AggieAir Flying Circus to monitor river corridor restoration, fish telemetry, and habitat use for applications in hydraulic modeling.


International Irrigation Center

irrigation sprinkler

Many of USU's international water programs are carried out by the College of Engineering through the International Irrigation Center (IIC) at the UWRL. These units are engaged in multi-lingual training, international technology transfer, and irrigation research in an effort to improve integrated water resources management worldwide. The UWRL and IIC are part of USU's historic land grant commitment to providing water resources assistance to the international community.


Utah Center for Hydrologic Information & Computing


UCHIC is establishing a state-of-the art research platform for developing cyberinfrastructure to support data-intensive synthetic hydrologic and water resources research. The center’s work supports measurement, data analysis, data sharing, and data visualization, including the use of hydrologic and geographic information systems and digital elevation models that take advantage of spatially distributed information for hydrologic prediction.


Utah Center for Water Resources Research

Jordan River diversion dam

As one of 54 state water institutes authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 1964, the UCWRR administers the program at Utah State University for the State of Utah. This program is funded through the U.S. Geological Survey. The Center promotes research and instructional programs that address a wide range of water resources research areas, mainly focused on water-related issues in the State of Utah.


Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program

onsite wastewater system training

The Utah On-Site Wastewater Treatment Training Program provides formal classroom and field training and certification, as well as technology transfer, to Utah and other Rocky Mountain region regulators, consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders in on-site wastewater treatment systems. Funding for this program is generously provided by the Huntsman Environmental Research Center, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.