Short CV

Claire Welty
Director, Center for Urban Environmenal Research and Education
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
TRC 102
Baltimore, MD 21250
Phone: (410) 455-1766; FAX: (410) 455-1769; E-mail:

Research Interests
Urban hydrology
Contributing to fundamental understanding of transport processes in aquifers
Mathematical modeling of groundwater flow and transport in porous and fractured media

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, February 1989
The George Washington University, M.S. in Environmental Engineering, May 1983
University of Virginia, B.A. in Environmental Sciences, May 1976

Professional Experience
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Director and Professor, 10/03 - present
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Associate Professor, 9/94 - 10/03.
Drexel University, Associate Director, School of Environmental Science, Engineering and Policy, 4/94 - 8/02.
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, 1/89 - 8/94;
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Graduate Research Assistant, 9/83 - 12/88;
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hazardous and Industrial Waste Division, Washington, D.C., Environmental Scientist, 9/76 - 8/83.

Professional Society Memberships
American Geophysical Union (Elected Secretary, Hydrology Section, 2002-2004)
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
American Water Resources Association

National Panels/ Boards/ Committees
Member, Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI), 8/10/01 - 12/31/10; Chair Elect, 2006; Chair, 2007; Past Chair, 2008.
Water Science and Technology Board, National Research Council, 7/1/04 - 6/30/10; Chair 7/1/07 - 6/30/10.
National Research Council, Committee on Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution, Member and Chair, 9/1/06 - 12/31/08.
National Research Council, Committee on Challenges and Opportunitites in the Hydrologic Sciences, Member, 1/1/10 - 12/31/11.
National Research Council, Committee on On-Site Reuse of Graywater and Stormwater: An Assessment of Risks, Costs, and Benefits  Member, 9/1/13 - 2/28/15.
Member, Science Advisory Board, Re-Inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), NSF Engineering Research Center, 2015 – present.

Courses Taught at Drexel University

Hydrology -- Introduction
Hydrology -- Groundwater
Water Resources Design
Water Resources Management

Hydrology -- Introduction
Hydrology -- Groundwater
Subsurface Contaminant Transport
Water Resources Systems Analysis I
Water Resources Systems Analysis II
Stochastic Subsurface Hydrology

Courses Taught at UMBC
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Graduate Environmental Seminar
Groundwater Hydrology
Water Resource Systems Analysis
Modeling and Spatial Statistics with Applications to the Urban Environment

Current Sponsored Research
NSF Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER, (E. Rosi, PI) Phase 4b, 11/17 - 10/18.
Assessment of Stream Restoration Impacts on Urban Sediment Load and Comparison with TMDL Guidelines (AJ Miller, PI), 7/1/14 - 9/30/18
Urban Water Innovation Network (U-WIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Urban Water Systems  (Mazdak Arabi, PI), 8/1/15 - 7/31/20
Urban resilience to climate change-driven extreme events (Charles Redman, PI), 7/1/15 - 6/30/20

Quantifying the cumulative effects of stream restoration and environmental site design on nitrate loads in nested urban watersheds using a high-frequency sensor network, 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020.

Recent Publications
Duncan, J.M., C. Welty, J. T. Kemper, P. M. Groffman, and L.E. Band. 2017. Dynamics of nitrate concentration-discharge patterns in an urban watershed. Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2017WR020500.

Lim, T. and C. Welty. 2017. Effects of spatial configuration of imperviousness and green infrastructure networks on hydrologic response in a residential sewershed. Water Resources Research, 10.1002/2017WR020631.

Barnes, M.L., C. Welty, and A.J. Miller. 2018. Impacts of development pattern on urban groundwater flow regime.  Water Resources Research, 10.1029/2017WR022146. 

Rosenzweig, B.R., McPhillips, R., Chang, H., Cheng C., Welty, C., Matsler, M., Iwaniec, D., Davidson, C.I. 2018. Urban pluvial flood risk and opportunities for resilience. WIREs Water,

Lim, T.C. and C. Welty.  2018. Assessing variability and uncertainty in green infrastructure planning using a high-resolution surface-subsurface hydrological model and site-monitored flow data . Frontiers in  Built Environment,

Barnes, M.L. and C. Welty.  In Press. Quantfying water balance components at a permeable pavement site using a coupled groundwater-surface water model. ASCE J of Hydrologic Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001789

Kemper, J.T., A.J. Miller, and C. Welty.  2019. Spatial and temporal patterns of suspended sediment transport in nested urban watersheds.  Geomorphology,

Gellis, A.,  C. Fuller, P.Van Metre, B. Mahler, C. Welty, A. J. Miller,  L.Nibert, Z Clifton, J. Malena, and J.T.Kemper. 2020. Pavement alters delivery of sediment and fallout radionuclides to urban streams. Journal of Hydrology.

E. Zahn, C. Welty, J.A. Smith, S. J. Kemp, M.-L. Baeck, and E. Bou-Zeid. In review. Hot runoff creates temperature surges in urban streams. Submitted to JAWRA, 7/2020.

Talebpour, M., C. Welty and E. Bou-Zeid. Development and testing of a fully-coupled subsurface-land surface-atmosphere model: high-resolution application in urban terrains. Submitted to Hydrologic Processes, August 2020.

B. R. Rosenzweig1, P. Herreros Cantis, Y. Kim, A. Cohn, K. Grove, J. Brock,  J. Yesuf,  P. Mistry, C. Welty, T. McPhearson , J. Sauer and H. Chang. The Value of Urban Flood Modeling> Submitted to Earth's Future, August 2020.