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 firstname.lastname@example.org.