Related Centers at UMBC


Our campus hosts the headquarters of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), one of only two NSF-sponsored Urban Long-Term Ecological Research sites in the United States.

“The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) conducts research on metropolitan Baltimore as an ecological system. The program integrates biological, physical, and social sciences.
As a part of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Network, BES seeks to understand how Baltimore’s ecosystems change over time.The ecological knowledge created by BES supports educational and community-based activities, and interactions with the Baltimore community.” 



The Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET) operates under cooperative agreement between the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).

“JCET meets the common interest of UMBC and GSFC to develop new technology for environmental remote sensing. Formed in 1995, JCET has grown to 18 Research Professors including four tenured faculty. JCET has an additional 11 Research Scientists and 4 Research Associates. JCET’s research focuses on themes which align with NASA’s Earth Science Interests:  engineering, mesoscale atmospheric processes, climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, hydrospheric and biospheric sciences, and solar system science including geodesy and geophysics.” 



The Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education (CUERE)  at UMBC was created with initial support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“CUERE’s mission is to advance the understanding of the environmental, social and economic consequences of the transformation of the urban landscape through research, conferences and symposia, support of university teaching programs and assistance to K-12 education.  CUERE fosters interdisciplinary approaches to environmental science, engineering and public policy.
The CUERE research team includes environmental engineers, scientists, and policy analysts.  The center’s research agenda focuses on relationships among natural and socioeconomic processes that occur in urban environments and their impact on public policy.  The center is equipped with meeting facilities; integrated analytical, educational and research laboratories; and state-of-the-art computer and geographic information systems.”