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Science Program Areas

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. More ...

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. More ...

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. More ...

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. More ...

Human Dimensions

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. More ...

Inventory, Monitoring and Analysis

The Inventory, Monitoring and Analysis 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. More ...

Science Application and Integration

The Science Application and Integration 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. More ...

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. More ...