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Water Dynamics

Water Dynamics

High elevation ecosystems are like water towers that store water as snow during the fall and winter and then release it as snow melt runoff in the spring and summer. The runoff provides a large quantity of high quality water, which largely drives the ecology and economy of the western US.


Life in Extreme Environments

Life in Extreme Environments

An abundance of previously unknown microbes are active beneath the snow at the highest elevations in the continental US, even in rock glaciers high above the tree line in the Rocky Mountains (a barren environment previously thought to be devoid of life), which substantially broadens our understanding of both...


Ecology Education Outreach

Ecology Education Outreach

The Niwot Ridge LTER lead the successful launch of the LTER Schoolyard Children’s Book Series, which engages children and their families in learning about the earth's ecosystems, both locally and internationally, through narratives that reflect the dynamic research being conducted at the National Science Foundation's...


Climate Change: Early Warning Signs

Climate Change: Early Warning Signs

Research at NWT indicates that alpine ecosystems provide important early warning signs of global climate change. Alpine plants and animals survive on the razor's edge of environmental tolerances, making them more sensitive to changes in climate than downstream ecosystems. 

On the left: Fulbright Fellow Sabuj...


Air Pollution: Early Warning Signs

Air Pollution: Early Warning Signs

Alpine environments are sensitive indicators of air pollution. By combining monitoring of high-elevation ecosystems and field experiments, NWT scientists have determined that current levels of nitrogen pollution associated with industry and agriculture are altering alpine plant diversity and are polluting lakes and...


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