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The Arikaree Environmental Laboratory (AEL) is the environmental chemistry laboratory for the Niwot Ridge/Green Lakes Valley Long-Term Ecological Research Program. The lab analyzes snow, water, and soil samples from alpine and subalpine ecosystems for major solutes, nutrients, and isotopes.
AEL is located in CU INSTAAR's SEEL building, room 150, and is managed by Holly Hughes.
The Mountain Research Station (MRS) was founded in 1921 as an interdisciplinary facility of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at CU Boulder. Located in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the MRS is devoted to the advancement of the study of mountain ecosystems and provides research and educational opportunities for scientists, students, and the general public.
The mission of the MRS is to facilitate research and education to better understand the unique patterns and processes of biotic and physical systems in mountains, and how environmental changes may influence these patterns and processes. Research at the MRS is performed by a multitude of investigators from numerous organizations, including NSF sponsored programs such as the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research Program, the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Program, the National Ecological Observatory Network, and many individual investigators. The MRS is in charge of the Mountain Climate Program, established in 1952 to provide long-term climate data from the montane, subalpine, and alpine zones of the Colorado Front Range. Four main meteorological stations have been maintained continuously since the inception of the program. The MRS runs undergraduate field courses and provides site support for visiting K-12, undergraduate, and graduate courses. Additionally the MRS organizes research conferences, including the Guild or Rocky Mountain Ecologists and Evolutionary Biologists meeting held in the autumn.
Mountain Research Station (External Link)
As the University's oldest institute, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues. Our traditional focus has been on polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales. Research topics vary widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate.
INSTAAR’s research activities integrate field studies, state-of- the-art laboratory experiments, sample analysis, and numerical and laboratory modeling. Our field sites are located across all seven continents and the world's oceans.
Our expertise across disciplines helps us generate influential science that can inform policy decisions and move us toward a more sustainable society. INSTAAR's national and international research leadership is augmented by exceptional strength in graduate education and bringing undergraduates into the research process.
INSTAAR (External Link)
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