Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, University of Maine
Data Center Description
The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research has a diverse interdisciplinary mission focusing on environmental research, graduate education and outreach. In all these activities, the Mitchell Center is working to provide Maine's citizens and policy-makers with unbiased and credible information that can enhance efforts to achieve healthy ecosystems, strong communities, and robust economies. We are committed to forming productive partnerships with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to increase the relevance and utility of our programs.
The Mitchell Center is recognized as one of the premier environmental research institutions in Maine, and, as Maine's congressionally-authorized Water Center, we are involved in state-wide water resources research. We continue to build on our reputation by promoting interdisciplinary research with other UMaine faculty, with federal and state agencies, and with other research collaborators both regionally and nationally. Research topics focus on a variety of physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence the quantity and quality of water resources. Our research examines connections among land, air, and water, including linkages between freshwater and marine systems. The solution to many challenging environmental problems requires an understanding of human-environment interactions as well as environmental systems. Thus, in addition to our collaboration with environmental scientists and engineers, we also work in research partnerships with experts in economics, sociology, education, business, public policy, law, and other disciplines.
Mission and Goals
As one of the network of congressionally-authorized water centers located at each Land Grant University, the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research has a diverse interdisciplinary mission as a focal point for environmental research, K-G education, and outreach:
* to promote world-class caliber collaborative research among Maine faculty and external scientists, * to facilitate the quest for research funding for the UMS and government scientists, * to enhance training of future water resource professionals through research experiences and coursework, * to offer information, guidance and environmental education as a public service to individuals, groups, and organizations.