Cass Research Laboratory - Field Facilities Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Cass Research Lab

Cass research activities

The original building at Cass field station - built in 1914 - is still in use today. Additional teaching and research space has been added over the years. While the building is no longer used for accommodation it now functions as the teaching lab space. There is also a seperate labratory for reseach activities.

The Cass area provides a very wide range of environments - montane grasslands, scrub, riverbed, scree, beech forest, swamp, bog, lake, stream and alpine habitat. All habitats can be reached on daytrips by foot.

The subalpine and alpine habitats of the Craigieburn Range or Arthurs Pass National Park on the main divide of the Southern Alps, and to lowland and montane mixed podocarp-broadleaved forests of Westland, are all easy day trips by vehicle.

Additional information about the Cass Mountain Research Area (CMRA)- including information on how to apply for permission to undertake research at the CMRA can be viewed at the CMRA web pages.

Cass Scientific Reserver Boundary
Cass Scientific Reserve Boundaries shown in yellow

Research Activities


STABX is a research field campaign setup in the Cass Basin in the middle of the Southern Alps of New Zealand to study atmospheric boundary layers in mountainous environments.

This campaign is primarily designed to answer research questions related to atmospheric boundary layer flows in complex terrain with emphasis on quiescent and cold climate dynamics, but also has an educational and teaching outreach for courses given within the Department of Geography.

STABX will run for at least 2 years starting from the year 2013

Geography - Glacial Lake Speight