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 science activities undertaken by a CSC are driven principally by the Center's Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan establishes high-level climate science priorities while ensuring this science also is pertinent to and addresses management needs. The Strategic Plan is used to determine which proposed climate science projects and other activities will be funded by the Alaska CSC. In developing this Strategic Plan, the Alaska CSC sought advice from two main groups:
The five Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) operating in the Alaska region. The LCCs provide essential input on science needs and a venue for exploring cooperative and complimentary efforts.
The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4), a sub-group under ACCER, assists the Alaska CSC in implementing its Strategic Plan. Regional Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) coordinators, the USGS Alaska Science Center, and an Academic Leadership Team drawn from all three of the University of Alaska campuses also assist the Center in its work to address Alaska's resource management priorities. Likewise, all of these groups work with the Alaska CSC to help maximize the use of existing resources and to minimize any duplication of effort.
National Coordination and Synthesis
Each CSC is part of a nationwide science resource to consist of eight Climate Science Centers and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. CSCs will maintain close ties and ensure tight linkages between activities being undertaken in neighboring CSC regions to minimize duplication and ensure that scientific results are not limited by geographic boundaries.
The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, as the coordinating entity for the CSCs, will
review all regional science agendas regularly to identify activities that should be coordinated across multiple CSCs;
convene a national advisory panel, including senior scientists who can identify innovative new scientific approaches that could be integrated into work of the CSCs; and
undertake national level syntheses and other scientific activities to complement and integrate the regional activities undertaken by each CSC.