IWSS History & Goals
History of IWSS
Recognizing water’s fundamental importance to the world, nation and state, West Virginia University (WVU) created the Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) in January 2016 as one of five areas of focus for growth within the University, in particular, stewardship of water resources.
The IWSS is a campus-wide initiative that builds upon the collective resources and expertise that the University has to offer. There are more than 80 faculty and staff currently engaged in research and projects related to water resources stewardship and security on the WVU campus. The Institute provides a point of coordination and synergizes existing research, capacity and expertise to advance understanding of how climate, land management and the development of natural resources affect water resources and security in West Virginia, the United States and around the world.
The IWSS facilitates understanding and protection of water resources through integrated education, outreach and research programs. The Institute draws together faculty, researchers, industry, agencies, educational institutions and additional partners to:
- Advance water resources security, science, stewardship, policy and human health.
- Integrate multi-disciplinary expertise to address research questions and pursue technological advancements.
- Identify key water resources needs and resolve complex contemporary water resources
- Improve public awareness of water issues and increase outreach and service to industry,
state agencies, federal agencies, landowners and managers.
- Strengthen West Virginia's water security and our state's environmental, economic,
social and cultural well-being.
- Support WVU researchers performing both basic and applied sciences and enhance
opportunities for WVU to gain external funding.
- Provide service and opportunities for WVU students and train future water resources professionals.