University of Wisconsin–Madison

Paul Block

Education

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado;
M.S., University of Colorado;
B.S., Valparaiso University

Departments & Organizations

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering;
International Research Institute for Climate & Society

Research Focus

Water systems and society

Contact

paul.block@wisc.edu

Paul Block is an assistant professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering. Block’s research group creatively addresses critical water resources management challenges in local to international trans-boundary capacities through stakeholder and decision-maker collaborations. They work at the intersection of engineering and socio-economics to enhance management, adaptation and sustainability of water resources by leveraging across the sciences.

The research themes are centered on a systems-based approach, bridging models and methods across climate science, hydrology, management, the environment, economics and policy, and a systems-based approach to managing water resources for societal benefit.

Methods, models and tools for managing climate variability and change:

  • Hydrologic forecasting and integration into decision models
  • Addressing water quality and quantity extremes
  • Hydro-economics and policy mechanisms
  • Risk, reliability, and uncertainty
  • Sustainable approaches