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.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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.