Flowers in Rocky Mountain National Park

Collaborators and Links


Colorado State University
The Loch Vale Watershed long-term ecological research and monitoring program is based out of Colorado State University (CSU) at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL).

Glaciers of the American West
The purpose of this site is to collect and distribute data on the glaciers of the American West. Glaciers are fascinating landforms and may be the clearest expression of climate change as glaciers are rapidly shrinking throughout the world.

Mountain Research Initiative
The Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) is a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world.

National Atmospheric Deposition Program
The National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) is a cooperative effort between many different organizations to measure atmospheric deposition and study its effects on the environment.

National Ecological Observatory Network
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) was created to manage large-scale ecological observing systems and experiments, with the goal of contributing to global understanding and decisions in a changing environment.

National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) manages the 394 units of the National Park System and helps administer dozens of affiliated sites.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…".

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit at Colorado State University created to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.

Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research Site
The Long-term Ecological Research Site (LTER) at Niwot Ridge was established to study ecological phenomena in the alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado.

Rocky Mountain National Park
The Loch Vale Watershed is located within Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The park showcases the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and provides visitors with opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Rocky Mountain National Park Initiative
The RMNP Initiative was formed to study and recommend action on air quality issues facing the park. This Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website provides a clearinghouse for the initiative's information.

U.S. Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, with the mission "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."

USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station
The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) produces and delivers knowledge and technology that helps land managers, planners, and other specialists make wise decisions about the Nation's forests, rangelands, and grasslands.

U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is a federal science organization that provides information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

USGS Climate and Land Use Change Programs
The USGS Climate and Land Use Change Research and Development program funds the Western Mountain Initiative, which supports the Loch Vale Watershed research program. R&D promotes fundamental scientific research to: (1) understand processes controlling Earth system responses to global change; and (2) understand and model impacts of climate and land-cover change on ecosystems and other natural resources.

USGS Fort Collins Science Center
As a federal biological science center of the USGS, the Fort Collins Science Center develops and disseminates research-based information and tools needed for understanding biological resources in support of effective decision making.

USGS Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets Program
The USGS initiated the Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) program to understand the processes controlling water, energy, and biogeochemical fluxes over a range of temporal and spatial scales. Loch Vale is one of five small research watersheds included in the program.

Western Mountain Initiative
The Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) is a team of USGS and USFS scientists working together to better understand and predict the responses of Western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change, emphasizing sensitivities, thresholds, resistance, and resilience.