Adviser: Dr. Charles S. Melching, director
The mission of the Institute for Urban Environmental Risk Management is threefold: to conduct and coordinate interdisciplinary environmental and water resources research; promote and coordinate interdisciplinary education in environmental management; and provide a center of knowledge on urban environmental/flood control issues. The institute provides excellent opportunities for graduate students interested in solving problems of global importance, as evidenced by the institute’s international collaborations with universities in Italy, Poland and Japan. In addition, the institute hosted the Fifth International Conference on Diffuse/Nonpoint Pollution and Watershed Management (2001), which involved participants from more than 30 countries, and the U.S.-Chinese Joint-Workshop on Sediment Transport and Environmental Studies (2002). Recent research projects include: risk-based urban watershed management — integration of water quality and flood control objectives; development of a water-quality model for unsteady flow in the Chicago waterway system; and urban watershed management under conflicting objectives — application to the Root River.