Prairie Research Institute
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Snakes, Mice and BEARS: Environmental Monitoring at the ISWS Bondville Environmental and Atmospheric Research Station
Coffee and cookies at 2:00 PM
The ISWS has operated the Bondville Environmental and Atmospheric Research Station (BEARS) since the mid-1980s. The site is located on rural agricultural land owned by the University of Illinois, south of the city of Bondville. The BEARS was established to measure air quality and atmospheric deposition, as the existing ISWS meteorological monitoring station at Willard Airport was determined to be overly impacted by local sources and the encroaching growth of the Champaign-Urbana metro area. Over time, the BEARS site has attracted additional projects funded by the NADP, U.S. EPA, NOAA, and other organizations. Today the station is considered the primary monitoring “super site” in the Midwestern United States.
Most data from BEARS projects are available free of charge via the internet, and this has provided a valuable resource to researchers at the University of Illinois and the wider community. This presentation provides an overview of projects and environmental monitoring data available from the BEARS site, as well as the challenges of environmental monitoring in rural areas that become attractive to local wildlife.