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November 2, 2014

Former NWT LTER does good (Tim Bardsley, NWT field tech for almost 10 yrs).

New study: Rising temperatures challenge Salt Lake City’s water supply - Sensitivity study helps...

October 28, 2014

Persistence pays off for an REU student researching change in the alpine.

Have you ever wondered what a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with the Long Term...

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Published on Apr 5, 2013

Introduction to the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research program and site (produced by Earth Initiatives).

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Selected Recent Publications


Snow temperature changes within a seasonal snowpack and their relationship to turbulent fluxes of sensible and latent heat

Burns, S.P., Molotch, N.P., Williams, M.W., Knowles, J.F., Seok, B., Monson, R.K., Turnipseed, A.A., Blanken, P.D., Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15, 117-142, DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-13-026.1


Aspect control of water movement on hillslopes near the rain-snow transition of the Colorado Front Range

Hinckley, E.L.S., Ebel, B.A., Barnes, R.T., Anderson, R.S., Williams, M.W., Anderson, S.P., Hydrological Processes, 28, 74085, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9549


Changing mountain permafrost 1970s and today: comparing two examples from the Niwot Ridge, Colorado Front Range, USA

Leopold M., Volkel, J., Dethier, D.P., Williams, M.W., Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie, 58s1, 137-157, DOI: 10.1127/0372-8854/2013/S-00129

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