Why Is GLORIA Important?

A view of Ruby Peak PondThe GLORIA research at RMBL will contribute to a predictive understanding of shifts in the distributions of alpine species with climate warming in the Rocky Mountains and Western U.S.

Results from this work will also expand existing long-term data sets on the effects of climate change in alpine environments; provide standardized, quantitative data on the altitiudinal differences in species ricness, species compositions, vegetation cover, soil temperature, and snow cover period.

Columbine in bloomWe can establish a baseline for treeline migrations observations and help to identify alpine species at risk of extinction from changing climate.

Our research will also result in information on long-term species persistence and turn-over rates and provide educational and research opportunities for community members, students, and other scientists.

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