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 Department of the Interior (DOI) Alaska Climate Science Center (AK CSC) works to improve the understanding of how Alaska's ecosystems, natural resources, and cultural resources will respond to changing climate regimes, while supporting effective management, sustainable use, and sustainable communities.
The AK CSC is hosted by the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) and is located at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). In addition to its relationship with UAF and UAA, the Alaska CSC has also developed strong partnerships with faculty from the University of Alaska Southeast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the USDA Forest Service, the National Park Service and theDOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. In addition to these entities, the AK CSC also collaborates with other important partner institutions. To learn more about the AK CSC university consortium, please visit theuniversity consortium website.
Together these partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, environmental impacts assessment, modeling, cultural impacts, and advanced information technology. These partnerships are essential for addressing climate issues in Alaska, where changes in temperature and precipitation are already having significant impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems.
The AK CSC was created by Secretarial Order 3289 and was established at UAF in 2010. The AK CSC is part of a network of eight regional Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. National coordination for the CSCs is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.