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Interdisciplinary Study toward Management of a Crucial Resource

NSF Award:

IGERT: Assessing Change in Coastal Ecosystems: Integrating Natural and Social Sciences  (University of Rhode Island)

IGERT on Multi-scale Computations of Fluid Dynamics  (Louisiana State University & Agricultural and Mechanical College)

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Understanding and monitoring water as a crucial resource in the ecosystem is vital to the future of our nation and the world. The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program provides opportunities to research policy, management, and practice surrounding water.  Trainees from the University of Rhode Island IGERT, "Assessing Change in Coastal Ecosystems," integrate ecology, biology, fisheries, natural resources science and social sciences to develop the skills required for effective watershed management. At Louisiana State University's IGERT, "Multi-scale Computations of Fluid Dynamics," trainees conduct research in coastal management from the perspective of modeling and intervention. Projects include developing a numerical model simulating the hydrodynamics in the lower Mississippi River to understand and guide future petro-chemical developments.

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Aerial view of swamplands on the Mississippi River, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Recent Award Highlights

high school students from rhode island run water quality experiments

Rhode Island academy outreach promotes STEM careers

Program highlights the benefits of higher education and hands-on research

Research Areas: Education Locations: Rhode Island
a researcher retrieves samples after immersion in a flowing seawater tank

Removing biofouling from underwater structures

Collaborative effort advances device to keep wet surfaces clean

Research Areas: Biology Locations: Rhode Island