A team from 3 different institutions was awarded a NASA University Research Center (URC) grant, entitled: "WATERSCAPES: Science of Coupled Aquatic Processes in Ecosystems from Space".
NASA will fund the Center over the next 5 years with a total award amount of approximately $5 million dollars. This is a joint effort between Florida International University (FIU), the University of Miami, and Princeton University. Co-Principal Investigator for Princeton is Professor Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Princeton will emphasize the research on the links between the biodiversity of wetlands and their hydrologic dynamics. Two sites will be the specific focus for the field work: the Everglades of South Florida and the Sian Ka'an wetlands in the Yucatan peninsula. From the educational viewpoint an important aspect of this Center will be the research training of minority graduate students.