Scientific Resources

The lab offers RMBL scientists a variety of resources to support their work, including a publications database, data catalog, GIS data, and many other resources.

Please consult our Data Use Policy before using RMBL’s scientific resources.

Publications Database

RMBL maintains a comprehensive database of scientific articles, books, theses, and student papers based on research done at the lab. This database is searchable and available to the public, with many articles available for download.

Data Catalog

RMBL’s data catalog indexes a wide variety of public datasets from research done at RMBL, including the lab’s base GIS data, datasets archived in repositories such as Dryad and EDI, other long-term datasets maintained by RMBL researchers, and data products generated as part of the RMBL Spatial Data Platform project. The catalog makes all of these datasets browsable and searchable in a single location.

If you have a dataset you’d like listed in the catalog, please contact Ian Breckheimer (

Research Sites Map

Current research sites of RMBL scientists are now viewable on an interactive web map which allows overlays of roads, trails, property boundaries, and wilderness areas.

The public-facing version of this map protects the identity of individual researchers, but those seeking more detailed information can contact RMBL’s Science Director ( for access to the full map.

GIS Data

We’ve made our extensive database of GIS data available through the ArcGIS Online platform. This means that a wide variety of geospatial data, including property boundaries, trails, wilderness areas, research sites, and more are all available for download, or to add to a web or desktop GIS map. For instructions on how to add RMBL’s GIS data to a map, see here.

For questions concerning RMBL’s GIS data, please contact Shannon Sprott (

Spatial Data Platform

RMBL is using new developments in remote sensing, machine learning, and cloud computing to develop a set of high-resolution, high-quality, citable spatial datasets on the structure and function of ecosystems surrounding RMBL.

You can learn more about the Spatial Data Platform (SDP) project here.

Data Services

We offer a variety of data services to RMBL scientists, including data curation and archiving, drone imagery acquisition, GIS, and data analysis consulting.

Please visit our Data Services page for more information.

Other Resources

WEATHER STATIONS:  RMBL’s six permanent weather stations are located along an elevational gradient from Almont to the Mexican Cut Reserve.  During 2019 and 2020, we are testing sensors in the field in order to assess past and current quality of the data. We expect to have an assessment of data quality during 2021. We apologize for the problems and appreciate your patience. You can still access the data to the RMBL weather stations via this Link, but the data have not been QA/QC’d. To login, people will need to request access, but we will grant access to anyone who asks and you only need to request access once. (Note that sometimes the automatically generated access email goes to junk mail.).

RMBL also hosts an EPA weather station, which has been in place since the 1980’s. EPA weather station data are available through the EPA website. Follow the link to download Castnet data for the Gothic site.

AVALANCHE MAPS: Here are some images of avalanches that ran in early March, 2019.

HERBARIUM:  RMBL’s online herbarium collection is hosted by SEINET.  Follow the link for ‘Search Collections’.

LIST OF POLLINATION RESEARCH PAPERS AT RMBL. David Inouye compiled a list of pollination papers, posted HERE.

POLLINATION PAPER: Macior, L. W. 1974. Pollination ecology of the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Melanderia 15: 1-59. This out of print paper is searchable and is posted HERE.

BUMBLEBEE REFERENCE: The Bumblebees of Colorado is posted HERE.

Underlined datasets and maps are available to the public. All other data and maps are available to RMBL Scientists with approved Research plans. Contact for more information.

The datasets are in the following projection.
Projected Coordinate System: NAD 1983 State Plane Colorado Central FIPS 0502 Feet
Projection: Lambert Conformal Conic
Linear Unit: Foot US

Spatial Datasets

LIDAR Digital Elevation Model (DEM) 6 inch resolution (Data are for the upper East River Valley and part of Washington Gulch)

LIDAR Slope 6 inch resolution

LIDAR Aspect 6 inch resolution

LIDAR Contours 6 inch resolution


BLM Lands

CB Land Trust Properties

Current & Historic RMBL Research Sites

Forest Service Lands

Forest Service District Lines

Forest Service Gothic Research Natural Area

Forest Service Wilderness Lands

Geologic Hazards

Geonames (Map labels including, peaks, mines, basins, etc)

Gothic facilities

Gothic townsite roads and trails

Gunnison County datasets   Note: projection differs from the rest of these datasets.


Private Property Parcels

RMBL Managed Properties



Sub-basin Watersheds


Conservation Easements

Wetlands within Gothic



East river valley slope map

East river valley private property map

Gothic townsite map

Gothic vicinity trails & public lands map

Gunnison County maps

RMBL regional map showing Forest Service districts & RMBL research  

RMBL Facilities maps

RMBL Research sites maps

USGS Quad Index Map