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Facilities and Field Research Sites

Hydrologic Science Faculty and Graduate Students are engaged in research at sites across the globe. Current or recently active projects have been conducted in Alaska, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway and numerous sites throughout the Western United States including the Avaro Desert, Sawtooth Mountains, and the Payette River Drainage.

The Hydrologic Sciences Program also has a number of permanent research facilities which are the subject, or in support, of a variety of research projects. These facilities provide a high level of research infrastructure to our graduate students and help ensure that their research is well supported.

biotraceLogoBioTrace Laboratory

The BioTrace Laboratory Facility provides analytical services (for interrogating aqueous and solid phase environmental samples) to Boise State faculty and students as well as non-Boise State clients and collaborators.


BHRSBoise Hydrogeophysical Research Site (BHRS)

The BHRS is a research well field in the fluvial aquifer adjacent to the Boise River. At this site we conduct research on a wide range of hydrologic and geophysical subjects including the development of non-invasive geophysical interrogation methods and the characterization of the subsurface heterogeneity.


Topographic mapDry Creek Experimental Watershed

The Dry Creek Experimental Watershed is located in the mountains outside of Boise. Within the Experimental Watershed we are engaged in a variety of research projects including investigations of surface-groundwater interaction, hydrograph separation during snow melt, influence of landscape and soil properties on soil moisture, runoff, and climate change.