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Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment

Pollutants are having devastating effects on ecosystems including the plants, animals and people who depend on them. The Center for Aquatic Chemistry and the Environment (CAChE) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) that tackles one of the most complex challenges: environmental contamination. Learn more about our Research:

Detection & Identification

Using advanced chemical sensing technology for the environment

Advanced Sensing Research
Fate & Transport

Quantifying how contaminants move and change throughout South Florida's aquatic ecosystems

Pollutant Tracing Research
Impacts & Visualization

Developing methods to assess impacts on our shared environment

Risk Assessment Research

CREST Research Buoys

In response to the recent red tide outbreak on the east coast of Florida, we have deployed our first CREST Research Buoy at Haulover Inlet near FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus! The buoy is monitoring water quality and uploading data automatically every 15 minutes, including chlorophyll for potential algal blooms.


Preserve Our Fragile Ecosystems

Support CREST’s graduate student fellowships in our fight to protect our region’s water quality