Center for Urban Waters

About the Center

Urban Waters logoResearch conducted by University of Washington Tacoma scientists at the Center for Urban Waters seeks to understand and quantify the sources, pathways and impacts of chemical pollutants in urban waterways. Highly sensitive analytical tools to measure contaminant levels are combined with sophisticated computer models to track pollutant sources and transport in the Puget Sound region. UW students work side-by-side with Urban Waters colleagues, contributing to research teams while gaining valuable training and experience.

The research is led by Professor Joel Baker, Port of Tacoma Chair in Environmental Science at UW Tacoma and Science Director for the Center for Urban Waters. The Port of Tacoma Chair was established in 2005 and funded through endowments from the Port of Tacoma, the City of Tacoma, SSA Marine and matching funds from the university.


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