Landscape Architecture and Studies Research
Complementing and strengthening the accredited professional Landscape Architecture programs, faculty and students are engaged in exploring strategies to increase the capacity of landscape architects, designers, and partners to solve environmental issues: urbanization, climate change, stormwater pollution, placelessness and others critical and emerging topics. Evidenced based design and planning research grounded upon an ecological design process supports a systems approach to integrating abiotic, biotic and cultural factors in the built and non-built environment in artful place-based design and planning processes.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE RESEARCHERS
Environmental sustainability is vital for the conservation of our natural resources. There are significant social and economic impacts associated with the mismanagement of these resources in urban and agricultural environments. Plant science research programs are being conducted to develop management systems and Best Management Practices for efficient resource utilization. Research teams investigate ways to redefine how urban and agricultural systems are developed and maintained. Wireless sensor networks are an example of management and information systems that are being developed to conserve water and to reduce nutrient runoff. These interdisciplinary research progrmencompass urban ecology planning and development, green roof technology, and water and nutrient management will collectively contribute to a sustainable environmental future.
LANDSCAPE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESEARCHERS
The University of Maryland Turfgrass Research Program is committed to developing and promoting sustainable management practices that improve turf utility while also maximizing beneficial environmental impacts. Many of us enjoy turfgrass that supports sporting and leisure activities while reducing noise, heat, glare and dust. However, turfgrasses that are maintained in an environmentally-informed manner also reduce soil erosion and silt runoff while increasing water infiltration, ground water filtration, and CO2 sequestration. Our goal at UMD is to research and advance integrated pest management strategies that reduce water, fertilizer and pesticide inputs while promoting healthy and environmentally beneficial turfgrass stands.
TURF MANAGEMENT RESEARCHERS