The Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center (IGWMC) was established in 1978 at the Butler University Holcomb Research Institute in Indianapolis. In 1991, the IGWMC was relocated to the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. On July 1, 2011, the center name was changed to the Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center, which reflects the significant expansion of our research activities. In 2021, the IGWMC again relocated to Princeton University, where it is currently operated as a research center in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI).
The mission of the IGWMC is to stimulate the correct and efficient use of simulation models and related computer-based support technology in the management and protection of groundwater resources; train groundwater professionals by involving them in this endeavor; and facilitate communication and interaction of groundwater professionals on modeling issues. To this end, IGWMC conducts activities related to groundwater modeling methodologies, software and management. These include: research on modeling methodology and functionality; information dissemination; short courses and conferences in support of professional development; building infrastructure for community hydrologic platforms; and engagement with the community through K-12 education and outreach initiatives.