Local labs play key role in the program



USGS laboratories are located on the CU East Campus adjacent to INSTAAR and can be reached by bus or on foot. The laboratories house advanced analytical facilities for characterization of water and sediment, including ICP-MS and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy. Through the extensive collaborations of the USGS scientists in Boulder there are opportunities for students to work with USGS researchers in Denver, and at other research centers and state district offices around the country. Many USGS researchers hold appointments through CU departments or institutes and typically support 1-2 graduate students on hydrologic science research projects in collaboration with CU scientists. In addition to the USGS scientists listed under the People section, it is possible for students to working with additional researchers not yet listed.

A number of ongoing, interdisciplinary studies are conducted, such as:

  1. Effect of climate change on watershed erosion and the global carbon cycle,
  2. 2D and 3D modeling of surfacewater flows
  3. Biogeochemistry and hydrology of acid mine drainage,
  4. Biogeochemistry and transport of mercury in wetlands

See About > Research Partners > USGS for general information.


Brian Bergamaschi (USGS) sampling wells at Bonanza Creek LTER site, Alaska. The samples will help determine the amount and chemistry of dissolved organic matter in soils underlain by permafrost. Climate warming is having a dramatic effect on processes occurring in soils underlain by permafrost.  The USGS is studying the Yukon river and small watersheds as part of an overall effort to understand the long-term effects of climate change in northern latitudes. Photo: George Aiken (USGS).



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