ASRC Lodge and Research Offices

Image Description (above): Drone still of Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) Marble Mountain Lodge and Research Offices in Wilmington, New York courtesy Scott McKim NYS Mesonet. The main lodge and lecture hall facility is shown on the lefthand side of image; research offices shown center of image; and New York Sate Mesonet 'WFMB' standard site shown in clearing up and behind research offices. Marble Mountain Lane leading to field station seen on the right.

Where We Are

Unique and Persistent Atmospheric Science Research Facilities

The ASRC Field Station is located in the Northeastern quadrant of the Adirondack Park in northern New York State. The station operates two environmental monitoring sites at this location which resides in the town of Wilmington, New York. The Adirondack Park in upstate New York covers roughly 2.4 million ha and is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. Approximately 20% of the park is at elevation above 600 m. Whiteface Mountain is located in the northeastern ("High Peaks") region of the park, and is climatologically downwind of large point sources and metropolitan areas in western New York, the industrial Midwest, and Canada.

As there are few large population centers in the immediate region, the location is well-suited to characterize the impacts of transport and aging on air quality and deposition in New York and the northeast U.S. The Marble Mountain Lodge site is located on the eastern shoulder of the Whiteface Massif at Latitude N 44°23'35" and Longitude W 73°51'33" with an elevation of 604 m above sea level.

Whiteface Mountain Summit Observatory

(Left) ASRC Whiteface Mountain Summit Observatory and Observation Decks, image courtesy of Richard Brandt: The summit observatory is located atop Whiteface mountain at 1483m and is ideally situated for in-cloud measurements, as well as clear-air meteorological and chemical measurements at approximately the 850mb level. Completed in 1970, the summit observatory has provided ASRC, and others, with a ground-based probe of the atmosphere unparalleled in Eastern North America.

Whiteface Mountain Summit View Looking West

(Right) ASRC Whiteface Mountain Summit View West from Observation Decks, image courtesy of The predominant winds received by Whiteface Mountain are from the Northwest. With no terrain obstructions to the West of Whiteface Mountain, our summit observatory is uniquely situated for in-situ measurements of clear air as well as cloud chemistry measurements of air masses from long range transport.

A relatively small percent of the Whiteface Mountain area has been influenced by man. The greater portion remains in an undisturbed and natural state. These important conditions can be expected to prevail because this land is part of the Forest Preserve of New York State, designated in the New York State constitution to be preserved in a “Forever Wild” state for the people and for the future. In 1962, the Whiteface Mountain Site Manager and ASRC Director wrote:

“These fortuitous circumstances provide contrasting, yet controlled, conditions for scientific approaches to the phenomena of the mountains. This stability of expected conditions makes possible a wide range of scientific operations, some of which may require years and for which evaluation of successive changes, and those of contrasting influences is desirable” (Falconer and Barry, 1963).