Water Sciences Laboratory

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The Water Sciences Laboratory’s mission is to provide technology, expertise, services, and training in advanced analytical science supporting today’s water and natural resources students, researchers, and stakeholders. The Lab is part of the Nebraska Water Center.



WSL News

This spring, the Water Sciences Laboratory installed equipment to expand its research capabilities in stable isotope testing. The new instrument, known as a compound specific isotope analyzer (CSIA), will allow the Water Sciences Laboratory to create new methods in measuring isotope composition of...

Educational organizations to receive over $3.1 million in EPA Environmental Education funding nationwide Contact InformationShannan Beisser, EPA (beisser.shannan@epa.gov)816-520-1949 LENEXA, KAN. (AUG. 28, 2023) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the selection of 33...

A new study from a Nebraska Water Center research team discusses the relationship between legacy nitrogen and inputs on arsenic and uranium in the vadose zone. Titled “Interplay of legacy irrigation and nitrogen fertilizer inputs to spatial variability of arsenic and uranium within the deep vadose...


Client Portal

The Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory Client Services portal is for current and potential clients of the lab, a current user of the laboratory facilities or those seeking information about lab training. If you are not a current user of the lab, and would like to learn more, please contact us.

Our Laboratory

The lab is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus. The facility opened in the summer of 1990 to provide a convenient working environment for collaborative research on water-related projects. The lab is run by a technically skilled staff who together perform 140 analytical methods on $3 million worth of equipment for a spectrum of clients. Learn more

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Training New Scientists

The lab has become an incubator for young water scientists, training 25 students in 2018 alone. Learn more

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Developing Methods

The lab staff are able to perform 140 analytical methods on $3 million worth of equipment for a spectrum of clients.

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Supporting Water Research

WSL analytical services support university research projects with funding from various agencies.

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