A frozen pond at sunset

For more than 30 years, the Earth Systems Research Center has been on the forefront of Earth science research, leading efforts that expand our global understanding of the Earth’s delicate systems and how they are changing. Our faculty are consistently cited in prestigious journals for their well-crafted research studies. But you’ll also find them in town halls, community centers, on the airwaves, and before students and members of Congress, translating their discoveries into what it means, why it’s important, and how it impacts us all.

Our research is supported by grants from NASANOAA, NSF, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service (USDAFS), U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), and the State of N.H., among others.

Our Research Groups

An atmospheric plume from a fire
Atmospheric Chemistry

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researchers taking forest measurements

Studying forest hydrology, ecophysiology, and biogeochemistry

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Ecosystems and Fungi

Fungal symbioses rule the terrestrial world

geospatial science
Geospatial Science Center

GIS, Remote Sensing, Web/Story Mapping, Database Management

Global Ecology

Studying ecosystem responses and feedbacks to global change

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NH Granit

NH Statewide GIS Clearinghouse

Satellite, Airborne, and UAV Remote Sensing
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Snow, Ice & Climate

Exploring cryosphere – climate interactions

Terrestrial Ecosystems Analysis Lab 
Terrestrial Ecosystems Analysis Lab

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Trace Gas Biogeochemistry

Understanding radiatively important gases and their sinks and sources

A rocky river in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
Water Systems Analysis Group

Exploring water in our world