The UNH field, forested, and marine observatories are suitable for a wide range of research and educational opportunities.
Thompson Farm Observatory
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:
- a 1000 sq. foot building with laboratory space at the base of an 80-foot walk-up tower with year-round power, water, and internet access in a forested location;
- a 6 ft. by 12 ft. trailer at the base of a 120 ft. flux tower with power and internet access in a forested location;
- a 10 ft. by 24 ft. instrument building with a roof top deck, power and internet access centrally located in a 40 acre field.
Appledore Island Observatory
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.
- AIO is powered year-round by solar and wind energy and has internet access throughout the year.
- SML seasonally offers hands-on education in the marine sciences to undergraduates.