University of Delaware

Delaware Environmental Institute

Environmental Monitoring

Two scientists inspect a solar-powered weather and climate observation instrument array
Climatologist Dan Leathers and Kevin Brinson, director of the Delaware Environmental Observing System, inspect one of the 50 observing stations located across the state.

Responding appropriately to environmental challenges requires that we have the data we need to make sound decisions. Researchers affiliated with DENIN are engineering novel monitoring technologies as well as collecting and analyzing the data they record and providing meaningful visualizations and data products that can assist decision makers and emergency managers.

Detecting environmental changes while they are still small is essential to heading off irreversible damage. Our researchers are developing tiny, portable sensors that are convenient to deploy and sensitive to minute changes in the chemistry of soil, water, and air. These sensors can then funnel their measurements to a network of monitoring systems that aggregate the data for use by other researchers, policy makers, and educators. Thanks to researchers affiliated with DENIN, Delaware has one of the densest networks of environmental monitoring stations and technologies in the nation.

Acquisition of precise and accurate real-time data through monitoring, as well as transformation of these data into a fundamental understanding of environmental change, is essential to developing predictive models and new strategies for responding to these challenges. The institute facilitates the necessary interplay of the observational science, the engineering required to make the observations and build the models, and the policy innovations necessary changes to meet these challenges.

Senior Scientist, Hydrogeologist, Delaware Geological Survey, UD
Delaware Geological Survey
University of Delaware
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Professor and Chair, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, UD
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Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy, UD
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Professor, Chemistry, and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Wesley College
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Graduate GIS Certificate Director and Associate Professor
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Assistant Professor, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, UD
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Associate Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UD
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Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration, and Director, Delaware Water Resources Center, Institute for Public Administration, UD
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Professor, Geography, and Delaware State Climatologist, UD
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Professor, Geography, UD
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Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, and Hydrogeologist, Delaware Geological Survey, UD
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Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, DSU
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Laboratory Manager, Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory, UD
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Associate Professor, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, UD
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Assistant Professor and Biostatistician, Agriculture & Natural Resources, DSU
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Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences, DSU
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Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
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Profesor, School of Marine Science and Policy, and Chair, MARACOOS, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Associate Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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Associate Professor, Geography, and Director, Environmental Studies and Science Program, UD
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Edward J. Jefferson Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UD
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Senior Scientist, Hydrogeologist, Delaware Geological Survey, UD
Delaware Geological Survey
University of Delaware
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Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UD
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Professor and Chair, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, UD
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Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy, UD
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Edward C. Davis Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UD
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Professor, Geography, UD
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Associate Scientist, Hydrogeologist, Delaware Geological Survey, UD
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Assistant Professor, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, UD
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Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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Edward C. Davis Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UD
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Associate Director for Environmental Initiatives, DENIN, and Unidel Fraser Russell Chair for the Environment, Geological Sciences, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, DSU
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Professor, Geological Sciences, UD
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Assistant Professor, Geography, UD
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Associate Professor, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, UD
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Associate Professor, Computer and Information Sciences, DSU
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Profesor, School of Marine Science and Policy, and Chair, MARACOOS, UD
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John Bartram Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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Associate Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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Associate Professor, Geography, and Director, Environmental Studies and Science Program, UD
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Senior Scientist, Hydrogeologist, Delaware Geological Survey, UD
Delaware Geological Survey
University of Delaware
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Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UD
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Mary A. S. Lighthipe Chair and Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Associate Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, DSU
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Associate Policy Scientist, Public Policy and Administration, UD
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Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UD
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Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UD
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Professor, Geography, and Delaware State Climatologist, UD
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Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Oceanography, UD
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Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, UD
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Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, and Hydrogeologist, Delaware Geological Survey, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Professor , Civil & Environmental Engineer Associate Chairperson , Civil & Environmental Engineer
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Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UD
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Profesor, School of Marine Science and Policy, and Chair, MARACOOS, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Associate Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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Associate Professor, Geography, and Director, Environmental Studies and Science Program, UD
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Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UD
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Mary A. S. Lighthipe Chair and Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, Director, Water Science and Policy Program, UD
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Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UD
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Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UD
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Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Oceanography, UD
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Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director, W.M. Keck Advanced Microscopy Facility, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Professor and Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, UD
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Laboratory Manager, Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory, UD
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Karl W. and Renate Boer Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UD
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Interim Director, Institute of Energy Conversion, and Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UD
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Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UD
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Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UD
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Profesor, School of Marine Science and Policy, and Chair, MARACOOS, UD
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Associate Professor, Oceanography, UD
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Associate Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, UD
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