Environmental Research
Similar to a building construction crane, the Wind River Canopy Crane is set up in a National Forest in southern Washington for forest canopy research. A gondola platform is suspended from the crane, providing three-dimensional access to a six-acre circle of woods. In 2011, the horizontal boom was...
An environmental research and development installation, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, and specializing in industrial agriculture and remediation sciences, including clean-up at military installations. Until the 1970s, when the facility's name was changed from the National Fertilizer...
Operated by the Department of Energy, this multiple laboratory facility is engaged in research and development in renewable energy and related technologies. Some of the facilities include: Solar Energy Research Facility (SERF) houses 42 laboratories for research in photovoltaics, superconductivity...
PNNL, located at Richland, Washington, is one of 10 U.S. Department of Energy national, multiprogram laboratories. PNNL is a major lab, employing a staff of around 4,400, with an annual budget of around $918 million. PNNL conducts research in nearly every field of basic science to solve problems in...
The University of California has operated an engineering field station on a portion of this former chemical industry site on the Bay since 1950, conducting building engineering testing, forestry products research, transportation studies and environmental research at a number of facilities on the...
An environmental research center studying the environment of Chesapeake Bay wetlands. Operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the facility has numerous collectors, samplers, piers, fish wiers, walkways, sensors, and a 165-foot tall observation tower, on its 2,600-acre tract.
Has scenic trails, caged bears and deer, and natural history displays, and also contains an interesting Brad Washburn exhibit. Brad Washburn was a pioneering cartographer, adventurere, and photographer who founded the Boston Museum of Science. This small installation displays some of his maps and...
A former defense site outside of St. Louis is now an environmental research facility, operated by Washington University. The site was developed as a weapons assembly, storage and training facility by the military during WWII. Structures included 52 munition storage bunkers and several other storage...
The Army Corps Of Engineers maintains a large R&D facility on the Mississippi River, inappropriately called The Waterways Experiment Station (WES), as much more goes on there than "waterway experimentation." The 700-acre reservation employs over 1,500 civilians, of which over 450 hold advanced...
A high altitude and alpine research complex, composed of four facilities, located at different elevations on the peaks of White Mountain. The highest of these stations, the Summit Laboratory, is a small building at 14,250 feet above sea level and is the highest high-altitude lab in North America (...
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is the largest independent oceanographic laboratory in the world. Founded in 1930 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the institute grew rapidly during World War II, when it was supported by Navy research. 80% of the institute's support still comes...