Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
The Alaska CSC is supporting a variety of projects aimed at understanding, predicting and adapting to the impacts of climate variability and climate change on Alaska's resources. Examples of these projects include:
Western Alaska Coastal Hazards Workshop: Jointly sponsored by the Alaska CSC, Alaska Ocean Observing System, and Western Alaska LCC, May 30-31, 2012.
In addition to the "fact sheets" offered above, here are some samples of the technical publications that are resulting from this work:
Gusmeroli, A. and Grosse, G., 2012. Ground penetrating radar detection of subsnow liquid overflow on ice-covered lakes in interior Alaska, the Cryosphere Discuss., 6, 3079-3099, doi:10.5194/tcd-6-3079-2012, 2012.
Post, A., O'Neel, S., Motyka, R., and Streveler, G, 2011, A complex relationship between calving glaciers and climate, EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, V. 92, No. 37, p. 305-6, doi:10.1029/2011EO370001.
Fellman, J. B., Nagorski, S., Pyare, S., Vermilyea, A. W., Scott, D. and Hood, E., 2013. Stream temperature response to variable glacier coverage in coastal watersheds of Southeast Alaska. Hydrol. Process. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9742.
As the Alaska CSC enters its third year in full operation, please check back for upcoming publications on permafrost change, water resources, glaciers, and other topics related to the management of Alaska's natural and cultural resources.