USDA Forest Service


North Central Research Station

North Central
Research Station

East Lansing Lab

1407 S Harrison Rd #220
East Lansing MI 48823

(517) 355-7740

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

Atmosphere-Ecosystem Interactions

Research Work Unit 4401


[Photograph]: The Mack Lake fire approaches lake front homes. By improving fire weather forecasts, we can reduce risks to life, land, and personal property.


Atmospheric Disturbance Climatology

The atmosphere plays a significant role in governing the natural processes that occur in terrestrial, riparian, and aquatic ecosystems.  In light of this, we have developed a climatology of variables known to influence the North-central and Northeastern US.  more...

Eastern Area Modeling Consortium

It is becoming increasingly apparent that mesoscale aspects of the weather are vitally important to understanding the initiation and evolution of forest fires, as well as the resultant smoke transport.  The Eastern Area Modeling Consortium is a multi-agency research group formed to address this need by developing a mesoscale atmospheric modeling system to serve the research needs of the consortium members.  more...

Global Change Research

In cooperation with Michigan Tech University, a Free-Air Carbon-dioxide Enrichment facility (FACE) has been developed at Rhinelander, Wisc.  The objective of the research is to examine the effects of interacting elevated carbon dioxide and ozone on carbon allocation and growth in a regenerating aspen forest ecosystem.  more...

Haines Index

The Lower Atmosphere Severity Index (often called the Haines Index or LASI) describes the above-surface air mass as it affects large and/or erratic wildland fires.  LASI is most important when the surface fire danger is high; if LASI is also high, it can lead to explosive conditions.  more...

Ozone Concentrations

In cooperation with Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland WA, we seek to determine the frequency and the spatial and temporal patterns of ozone in the Great Lakes region, and the circulation and temperature patterns associated with them.  more...

USDA Forest Service - North Central Research Station
Last Modified: January 12, 2005

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