Fundamental to interdisciplinary research across campus is access to open, centralized facilities that support research activities and encourage interdisciplinary research and student training. Included among those facilities related to GCSC interests are:
Sustainability and Urban Research Field Facility (formerly Biology Growth Site)
This field facility, operated by the Department of Biology, provides a field and laboratory location for environmental applications, including artifical urban streams, bioretention systems, green infrastructure opportunities, and a location for both short-term and long-term cultivation of plants related to ecological and urban studies.
The CO2 Network measures atmospheric carbon dioxide at various locations across the Salt Lake Valley, as well as at Snowbird. This site provides current real-time CO2 concentrations, climate conditions, and historic trends for these locations.
The DIGIT Lab in the Geography Department provides support for both theoretical and applied geographic information analysis and application development. DIGIT offers both GIS software training and GIS services.
Analytical services at the Dissolved and Noble Gas Lab in the Department of Geology & Geophysics are based on the use of noble gases and anthropogenic tracers to determine groundwater recharge ages and recharge temperatures, cosmogenic surface dating, and aquitard permeability.
MesoWest, located in Atmospherics Sciences, is used operationally by the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions around the region in order to protect lives and property. MesoWest is also used extensively by researchers to understand severe weather events such as winter snow storms and damaging winds.
Red Butte Canyon Research Natural Area is a protected, near-pristine canyon entering the Salt Lake Valley, Utah. It is operated by the USFS and among its ecological zones includes a well-developed riparian zone and a perennial stream, grasslands, oak woodlands, and coniferous and aspen forests.
The Records of Environmental Disturbance Lab in the Geography Department is a state-of-the-art facility for analysis of sediments for evidence of the impacts of climate change. Sedimintary pollen, charcoal, plant and insect macrofossils are used to reconstruct disturbance regimes and ecosystem response to past climate change.
The Stable Isotope Ratio Facility for Environmental Research is located in the Biology Department and serves as a research and training facility for stable isotope analyses. SIRFER is an open research and recharge facility serving many interests across cmapus, including anthropology, biology, geology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, climate, health, and urban studies.
The Utah Remote Sensing Applications Lab in the Geography Department engages in cutting edge, applied remote sensing research. The lab uses a variety of remote sensing tools, including multispectral, hyperspectral, and lidar data, to develop applications addressing environmental issues.