Glacier National Park, Montana Project Center - IQP
Located in Montana on the United States border with Canadian provinces Alberta and British Columbia, Glacier National Park consists of over one million acres of land, as well as parts of two mountain ranges, more than 130 lakes, thousands of plant species, and hundreds of animal species. Its ecosystem has been referred to as the “Crown of the Continent.” With headwaters for streams to the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Hudson’s Bay, what happens in the park affects waters in much of North America. WPI students engage in a wide range of science, environmental, technical and resource management activities in Glacier. These activities include problem-solving type investigations, fact-finding studies, inventory and monitoring activities and descriptive types of investigations.
All projects focus on the needs of Glacier National Park, and have consistent themes and topics. This would include research related to visitor mobility, traffic congestion, climate change, citizen science, remote webcam monitoring, noise and sound analysis, and more.