White Mountain Research Center – Elevating the Sciences

At over 14,000 feet high, the White Mountains form a natural barrier between eastern California and Nevada. Less than 20 miles to the west, across the Owens Valley, loom the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Directly to the east, the sagebrush flats of the Basin and Range province stretch to the horizon.


White Mountain Research Center opens this remote region to university-level research, teaching, and public service. The Center consists of four research stations located along a 10,000-foot elevational gradient.


White Mountain Research Center has been a magnet for scientists for over 60 years. Located in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada, the White Mountain range experiences extremely dry air. Combined with high elevations, this provides excellent conditions for atmospheric measurements and astronomical observations. A wealth of earthquake faults, unusual rock structures, and young mountains are located within easy driving distance for earth scientists. High-elevation research facilities enable physiologists to study the effects of low oxygen on physiology as well as the impacts of climate change on alpine ecology.