Loch Vale Watershed: Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) Program
Loch Vale Watershed, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Loch Vale is an alpine/subalpine watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park where the U.S. Geological Survey has been conducting research since the 1980s. Our research is focused on the effects of climate change and atmospheric pollutants on water, soil, vegetation, and aquatic life.
The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting research at the Loch Vale Watershed as part of its Water, Energy, Biogeochemical
Budgets (WEBB) program. Other sites in the WEBB program include:
- Sleepers River Watershed in northeastern Vermont
- Trout Lake Watershed in northern Wisconsin
- Panola Mountain Watershed near Atlanta, Georgia
- Luquillo Experimental Forest in eastern Puerto Rico
These sites were chosen to encompass a diverse range in climate, hydrology, and biogeochemistry (Hirsch, 1998).
Support for data collection is jointly provided by the USGS Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Budgets (WEBB) and Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) programs.