Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Reclaim the Bay Challenge
  • The Mountaintop Witness
  • Professor Nathan Hultman on CSPAN February 2, 2014
  • 2014 Council on the Environment Junior Faculty Winner
  • UMD Scientist Speaks on Air Quality
  • SESYNC Postdoc Opportunities
  • UMD and NASA Goddard Open Joint Global Carbon Cycle Center
  • Busalacchi discusses severe weather and global warming on News Channel 8

Upcoming Events

Mon Jul 28 @08:00AM - 05:00PM

Call for Participation Workshop: How can social media be used to explore coupled socio-environmental systems?

Tue Jul 29 @08:00AM - 05:00PM

Call for Participation Workshop: How can social media be used to explore coupled socio-environmental systems?

Tue Jul 29 @02:00PM - 04:00PM

National Security and Climate Change: What Do We Need to Know?

Wed Jul 30 @08:00AM - 05:00PM

Call for Participation Workshop: How can social media be used to explore coupled socio-environmental systems?

Fri Aug 01 - All Day Event

DataBay: "Reclaim the Bay" Challenge

Sat Aug 02 - All Day Event

DataBay: "Reclaim the Bay" Challenge

Sun Aug 03 - All Day Event

DataBay: "Reclaim the Bay" Challenge

Mon Aug 18 - All Day Event

Inaugural Radiocarbon in the Environment Conference

Chair's Welcome

Antonio Busalacchi
Antonio Busalacchi
Council Chair

It is with real pleasure that I welcome you to the Council of the Environment of the University of Maryland. Our University has tremendous breadth and depth in environmental and earth system science and, as a land grant university, is committed to bringing those resources to support the work of local communities and government, and to promote economic development in the State. Our strengths spread across a wide spectrum of academic fields such as anthropology, agriculture, architecture, climate and earth science, ecology, economics, energy, engineering for sustainable infrastructure, public health, public policy, sociology, and transportation. The Council will work to integrate this diversity of effort and to develop new opportunities. The public and private sectors in the State are also deeply engaged in environmental issues, to which they too bring great strengths. The Council will build new partnerships to connect these efforts with the University. As Chair, I am excited at the...


Featured Council Members

George Hurtt

Professor Hurtt received his Ph.D from Princeton University in 1997. From 1998-2010, Dr. Hurtt worked at the University of New Hampshire in the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space and Department of Natural Resources, finally becoming Chair of the Natural Resources and Earth System Science Ph.D. Program, UNH's largest doctoral program, and Director the Complex Systems Research Center, UNH's main center focused on Earth System Science. In 2010, Dr. Hurtt joined the University of Maryland Department of Geography as Professor & Research Director, and in 2011 he was named Associate Director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute. In 2012, he became Associate Director of Research Innovations at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Dr. Hurtt is involved in multiple collaborative research projects including the North American Carbon Program, NASA’s Vegetation Structure Working Group, NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System, and DOE’s Integrated Earth S

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Creating Optical Cables Out of Thin Air July 22, 2014 Physics Professor Howard Milchberg created "air waveguides" to enhance light signals collected from distant sources.
UMD Center Receives $3+ Million from NIH to Bolster National Drug Surveillance System July 17, 2014 Data from new system will inform rapid and effective public health responses.
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