Biosphere 2 And The University Of Arizona
Biosphere 2 Is An Important Facility For Research On Our Global Climate
Biosphere 2 Beginnings
Construction of the present Bioshere 2 facility began in 1986. Bioshere 2 launched its 1st research mission in 1991. That first mission was concluded in 1993. A second mission took place during the 1993/1994 time period.
These highly publicized programs provided useful research on our ecological environment. A number of accounts of these missions were published by the men and women involved. Their views present a variety of views on the activities and results of the experiments.
In 1994, Decisions Investments Corporation assumed control of the property. As part of that action, Columbia University managed the facility from 1996-2003. During that period, the facility was reconfigured to accommodate different scientific research studies.
In June 2007, the Bioshere 2 facility was sold to CDO Ranching and its partners. They then leased the Bioshere 2 property to the University of Arizona from 2007-2011.
University of Arizona
In July 2011, the University of Arizona assumed ownership of Biosphere 2. A generous gift from the Philecology Foundation helps to fund Biosphere 2 operations and some research projects. National Science Foundation grants have been made available for research activities.
The Bioshere 2 facility supports research currently being done by University of Arizona scientists. Biosphere 2 is an important resource for large scale projects and key experiments relevant to global climate change.
Biosphere Facts and Directions
Biosphere 2 sits at an elevation of 3,820 ft. in Oracle Arizona some 15 miles north of Oro Valley AZ. A few interesting facts about the Biosphere 2 facility are that it:
- Is a 3.14 acre Biosphere facility
- Has 7,200,000 cubic feet of sealed glass, 6,500 windows
- Is 91 feet at highest point
- Is sealed from the earth below by a 500-ton welded stainless steel liner
- Has a 40-acre campus
- Contains 300,000 sq. ft. of administrative offices, classrooms, labs, conference center, housing
Finding Biosphere 2 from downtown Tucson are very easy. Take Oracle Road north to Oracle AZ (about 40 minutes). Turn East (right) at the Biosphere 2 sign.
University of Arizona – Biosphere 2
32540 S. Biosphere Road
Oracle Arizona 85623
For more information visit the University Of Arizona website for Biosphere 2.
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