Critical Zone Observatory
The Boulder Creek Critical Zone is one of six groups funded by the National Science Foundation to study how water, atmosphere, ecosystems, and soils interact and shape the Earth's surface. The Boulder Creek CZO includes the Green Lakes Valley as one of their main study sites (pictured above), which is shaped by glaciation and other erosional processes. Additional information can be found on their website.
Climate change may have profound effects on mountain forests and alpine tundra, and the benefits they provide to surrounding communities such as water, recreation, and forage. Warming of 2-5 °C is expected in the Rocky Mountains over the next 50 years.
Since 2009, a warming experiment run on Niwot Ridge by the University of California, Merced has been experimentally determining what...