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UNH Ecosystem Research Facilities

The Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire operates Thompson Farm and Appledore Island Observatories.nh sites

The facilites are suitable for research and educational opportunities in marine, terrestrial, atmospheric, and biological sciences, as well as green energy technology.

We welcome anyone interested in conducting research or teaching at these sites. Contact us for more information.


The UNH field, forested, and marine observatories are suitable for a wide range of research and educational opportunities.

Thompson Farm Observatory

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The Thompson Farm observatory is located on 204 acres in the Lamprey River watershed comprised of agricultural fields, mixed forest, streams, and wetlands. Adjacent to the observatory is an additional 500 acres of conservation land containing more forests, fields, rivers, ponds, and wetlands.

The observatory includes:

Appledore Island Observatory

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Appledore Island Observatory (AIO) is located approximately 7 miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire on a 95 acre island (Appledore) among the Isles of Shoals. The observatory is part of the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) jointly operated by Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire.