CIPTs work is founded on the principle that meaningful improvements in water quality and access depends on resolving increasing water shortages. CIPT aims to provide rigorous, research-based knowledge as the foundation for evidence based advocacy. The Center strives to change one-dimensional approach to assessments and instead study watersheds and ecological systems holistically.

The Center seeks to design and implements water solutions in some of the country’s most challenging settings. As part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the Center is uniquely positioned to apply rigorous, multi-disciplinary academic research to solve difficult on-the-ground water resource and climate-related water risk problems.