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UMBC IGERT: Water in the Urban Environment

From 2006-2013 the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program supported establishment of a multidisciplinary Ph.D. program in “Water in the Urban Environment” at UMBC. Solutions to complex problems associated with the effect of urbanization on the water cycle require integrated ecological, economic and engineering approaches, as well as innovations in policy-making. This program was develped to train Ph.D. students to understand these linkages and prepare them to work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding and management of urban environmental systems. Three interwoven themes comprise the program: (1) urban hydrology and contaminant transport; (2) urban biogeochemical cycles, aquatic ecosystems, and human health; and (3) urban water policy, management, and institutions. Although the formal IGERT funding has ended, PhD students can continue to pursue these themes at UMBC through a number of academic departments and programs, including Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering; Geography and Environmental Systems; Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science; Economics and Public Policy. For further information please contact Prof. Claire Welty at