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UMBC IGERT: Water in the Urban Environment  

This NSF-sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program supported establishment of a multidisciplinary PhD 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 developed to train PhD students to understand these linkages and and prepare them to work in multidisciplinary teams to improve understanding and management of urban environmental systems. The program was centered on three interwoven themes: (1) urban hydrology and contaminant transport; (2) urban biogeochemical cycles, aquatic ecosystems, and human health; and (3) urban water policy, management, and institutions.

The funding of this phase of the UMBC program ended on 7/31/13. PhD students can continue to pursue the IGERT themes through many departments on campus. For further information, please contact Prof. Claire Welty at

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Modified 7/31/13

Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education

UMBC,  Technology Research Center 102

1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21250

Phone:410-455-1763  Fax: 410-455-1769  Email: