Welcome to iWERS world at the University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing Research

The primary goal of the iWERS group is to develop innovative techniques to improve informed management of integrated water and environmental resources using systems and artificial intelligence approaches.

We explore alternatives beyond utilization of existing structures and the physical limits of water resources systems to include technical, social, political, and economic aspects for better resource management. We build complex quantitative and computational models with the purpose of providing enhanced knowledge needed to better understand interactions in coupled human-natural systems and water-energy-food nexus, and how they are shaped by external forces.


We welcome undergraduate and graduate students, visiting scholars and postdocs who are motivated, talented, and hardworking to join our research group. Please look at the current projects and research webpages of iWERS to find out more about our interests. Prospective students should have a strong interest in integrated water resources management, hydrology, systems analysis and modeling, and computer science. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Goharian with providing your updated resume. Opportunities are available year-round!

Full Bio for Dr. Goharian

Upcoming Events

18. April 2019

Dr. Goharian will be a panelist for the CUAHSI-AGU H3S Cyberseminar Series, presenting the Early career scientists conquer new frontiers webinar. A consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), in collaboration with American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology section, will host the cyber-seminar series in April 2019. Each of the four seminars will include talks by four early career scientists studying some of the most pressing issues around hydrology and beyond, including:
1) Coastal Dynamics in a Chaning World
2) Rivers and Lakes Under Changing Climates
3) Water Resources and Management
4) Water Pollution and Quality
Dr. Goharian will present novel approaches for integrated management of water resources on April 18, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Registration is free! To register, click here.

13-16. May 2019

Farboud will attend a master class, “Food, Energy and Water systems in a Global Economy”, offered by CUAHSI and Northern Arizona University. This workshop will be held May 13 – 16, 2019 Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Farboud has received a $500 travel grant from CUAHSI to attend this meeting (CONGRATS!) to learn about modern research methods in water footprinting and environmental impact accounting in a regional and global network-economy context. He intends to use novel techniques in modeling and analysis of FEW nexus to develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy production portfolios.

19-23. May 2019

Farboud Khatami and Dr. Goharian will attend the 2019 EWRI Congress in Pittsburgh, PA. The ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Congress will be held in May 19-23, 2019, and Dr. Goharian will present the research on “Environmental Sustainability Evaluation of Power Production in South Carolina”. Below is the full list of presentations by our team members:
1) Environmental Sustainability Evaluation of Power Production in South Carolina, Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
2) Opportunities for Water Resources Management Research in Latin America, Wednesday, May 22, 2:20 PM – 2:40 PM

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