The Rocky Mountain Research Station consists of eight Science Program areas.
Air, Water and Aquatic Environments
Air quality, water availability, water quality, and
aquatic habitats are critical issues within the rapidly changing Western United States.
The Air, Water and Aquatic Environments program is committed to the development of knowledge and science applications related to air and water quality,
as well as the habitat quality, distribution, diversity, and persistence of fish and other aquatic species.
Fire, Fuel and Smoke
The Fire, Fuel and Smoke program works to improve the safety and effectiveness of
fire management through the creation and dissemination of basic fire science knowledge.
The program investigates the impacts of fires on the environment by means of fundamental and applied research for understanding
and predicting fire behavior, its effects on ecosystems, and its emissions into the atmosphere.
Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
Forests and woodlands are increasingly
being impacted by large scale urbanization and human developments, uncharacteristically large and severe wildfires, insect
and disease outbreaks, exotic species invasions, and drought, and interactions of multiple stressors at local, landscape,
and regional scales. The Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program acquires, develops, and delivers
the scientific knowledge for sustaining and restoring forests and woodlands
landscape health, biodiversity, productivity, and ecosystem processes.
Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems
Disruptions by large-scale clearing for agriculture, water diversions, extensive
grazing, changes in the native fauna, the advent of alien weeds, altered fire regimes,
and increases in human-caused insect and disease epidemics have contributed to produce areas that are in unsuitable condition.
The Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems program addresses the biology, use, management, and restoration of
these grass and shrublands.
The Human Dimensions program provides social and
economic science based innovation to human societies as they develop a sustainable relationship with their environment.
Major issues confronting societies across the globe such as global climate change, energy, fire, water, and ecosystem
services all have important social-economic dimensions that will be explored and addressed by this program.
Inventory and Monitoring
The Inventory and Monitoring program provides the resource data, analysis, and tools needed to effectively
identify current status and trends, management options and impacts, and threats and impacts of fire, insects,
disease, and other natural processes.
Science Application and Communication
The Science Application and Communication program is a knowledge transfer unit that provides leadership for the integration and use of scientific information in natural resource planning and management across the Interior West.
Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems
The Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems program is engaged in
sustaining species and ecosystems of concern through studies of
ecological interactions within and between plant, aquatic, and terrestrial animal communities;
understanding public use effects through
studies elucidating social and economic values associated with consumptive and non-consumptive uses of fish and wildlife;
managing terrestrial and aquatic habitats; and
evaluating outcomes of land and water uses and natural disturbances.