Water Quality

The physical, chemical and biological properties of water – together termed water quality – vary in space and time in response to interactions among weather, rocks and life.  These interactions are increasingly influenced by the cumulative footprint of humanity, with water appropriation and disposal, climate change, land use intensification, and a growing array of contaminants threatening water resources, ecosystem integrity and human health.  Understanding water quality as water moves between land, sea and air is our fundamental charge. 


The water quality technical committee (WQTC) is comprised of a broad array of scientists and engineers interested in furthering our interdisciplinary understanding about the materials (solutes, sediments, biota) that water carries.  We work on water quality questions across scales, issues, and processes to facilitate a cross-disciplinary conversation – along with colleagues from other sections of AGU – about grand challenges like eutrophication, plastic pollution, acidification, the growing use of nanomaterials, the sustainability of food production, and climate change.   Among our primary roles is to develop cross-cutting special sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting that explore the many facets of water quality, from watershed source tracking to ecological controls to human impacts.  Our committee is always seeking input from the community for the development of these sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in participating on the committee or proposing a special session at the next meeting.

#HaikuYourResearch Winners: Tiny Grants for Tiny Poems!

Haiku your research;
Share your work through poetry,
SciComm at its best!

The Water Quality Technical Committee (WQTC) is used our AGU Tiny Grants to encourage our members to show off their research in a form of a haiku (poem with 5/7/5 syllables). Submissions are now closed, but if you have your own twitter account, feel free to tweet your haiku with the hashtag #HaikuYourResearch, and look at the other entries! 

The contest will run again later this fall - look forward to more exciting haikus!

Haiku Your Research Winners

Grand Challenges of the AGU Centennial in Water Quality

There are crucial water quality questions to be addressed.  As we reflect on and celebrate 100 years of science at AGU, we have identified 3 key questions that span our charge from theoretical to actionable, from local to global, and from analysis to synthesis:

I. What are the key emerging trends in environmental water quality and water quality assessment?

II. How do changing landscape cover and connectivity, as well as changing climate and landscape legacies, impact these water quality trends?

III .What tools and techniques are necessary to provide actionable inference about water quality improvement?

Lake and mountains

Members of the Technical Committee

Dipankar Dwivedi (Co-Chair)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Admin Husic (Co-Chair)

University of Kansas



Omar Abdul Aziz (Co-Deputy Chair)

West Virginia University

Heather Golden (Co-Deputy Chair)


Genevieve Ali

University of Guelph

Nandita Basu

University of Waterloo

Frederick Cheng
(Student member/ webmaster)
University of Waterloo

Tim Covino

Colorado State University

Matthew Cohen (Past-Chair)

University of Florida

Jon Duncan Penn State University

Rachel Gabor

The Ohio State University

Erich Hester

Virginia Tech University

C. Nate Jones

University of Alabama

Hjalmar Laudon

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Bonnie McGill

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Zhonglong Zhang Portland State University

Water Quality Sessions at the 2022 AGU Fall Meeting

The Fall 2022 meeting will again be among the premier scientific venues for hydrologists and earth scientists to share results and get inspired to address these questions.  We are always eager to help facilitate session proposals that relate to water quality - please contact the committee if you have any ideas.


Do you have ideas or comments for the Water Quality Technical Committee? Feel free to contact our chairs or our webmaster (see above)!