Niwot Ridge LTER Program
LTER researchers Courtney Meier and Kim Lohnas with the South Saint Vrain drainage and Mount Audobon in the background
The Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research program has been one of the largest research presences on Niwot Ridge since its inception in 1990. Research themes of the program include the movement of energy and nutrients across the alpine-subalpine landscape, the influence of nitrogen pollution on ecosystems and hydrology, and the influence of climate on diversity and ecosystem function. The program website can be found at: http://culter.colorado.edu/NWT/
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...