Dr. Chris Jones (C), Freshwater Ecologist and Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, helps Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies program students gather samples as they participate in a watershed conservation and management field trip to Gunston Cove at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Virginia. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason University

Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC)

The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is one of the key components of George Mason University’s Potomac Science Center. PEREC focuses on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, so that the local ecosystem will be healthy for years to come. Research is translated into award-winning and engaging field programs for K-12 students and the larger community.

PEREC is an interdisciplinary collection of scientists at George Mason University. Expertise includes chemistry, ecology, geology, environmental science, and education. PEREC faculty participate in a variety of research and community outreach programs.

Our mission is to to utilize the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes.

For more information on the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), visit the website.

Jacek Radzikowski, Geospatial IT Analyst, Center for Geospatial Intelligience. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT)

Geospatial intelligence refers to the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information on the position and complementary attributes of physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, events, and activities. It covers a wide range of diverse applications, ranging from environmental monitoring and emergency response to social media analytics, intelligent vehicle navigation, and surveillance.

The Center for Geospatial Intelligence (CGEOINT) at George Mason University is conducting, supporting, and coordinating research, teaching, technology transfer, and outreach activities in geospatial intelligence. With strong expertise in geoinformatics, ranging from remote sensing and geographic information science to digital image analysis and sensor networks, and a very strong portfolio on open-source content analysis (with an emphasis on social media analytics), CGEOINT is uniquely positioned, both academically and geographically, to become an academic leader in the rapidly growing field of Geospatial Intelligence. For more information, visit the website.

Vessel Dynamics Laboratory

The Vessel Dynamics Laboratory capitalizes on George Mason University’s unique waterfront facility at the Potomac Science Center to design, build, and test novel platforms for conducting research on the water. The research team’s focus is on computational and experimental studies to better understand the dynamics and hydrodynamics of manned and unmanned vessels. They also engage with commercial fishermen and other stakeholders to provide tools to mitigate occupational safety concerns associated with working at sea. The lab’s principal investigator is Leigh McCue, associate professor at George Mason University in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Flood Hazards Research Lab

The Flood Hazards Research Lab at the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering focuses on developing and promoting innovative water resources and coastal engineering ideas, methods, and systems, based on the engineering with nature philosophy, aimed at restoring and improving our urban infrastructure and society resilience. 

The group focuses on water-related natural hazards including coastal, riverine, and urban flooding and developing climate adaptation strategies to support present and future resilient communities, working in the waters of the National Capital Region, the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.