In 2007, the University of Arizona took over the management of Biosphere 2 from Columbia University which ran it from 1996 to 2003.
Please click on the slide below to see this slideshow of the EDN exclusive Biosphere 2 visit I had behind-the-scenes for my EDN technical article series and Planet Analog blogs regarding the sensors, science, and technology of Biosphere 2.
The University of Arizona uses Biosphere 2 as an adaptive tool for increasing general scientific literacy through outreach to industry, government, and the general public. Additionally, Biosphere 2 catalyzes interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about our Earth and its future and helps distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students, and concerned citizens. (Image courtesy of Loretta Taranovich and Biosphere 2)