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).
Session Description: Glaciers in most regions of the world are losing mass and many mountain glaciers at lower altitude are predicted to disappear within decades. These climate-driven changes in glacier mass are impacting runoff rates and have downstream implications that include: shifts in aquatic biogeochemistry and food webs, changes in land-to-ocean fluxes of freshwater and alterations to coastal currents. This session seeks to bring together research in different disciplines addressing the physical, chemical and ecological impacts of glacier change on downstream ecosystems. We are interested in fieldwork and modeling studies from glaciers and ice sheets that highlight the local to global relevance of glacier retreat.
Session Description: Water resource managers face considerable obstacles in adapting to climate change and variability. Paleoclimatic proxies, observations, and physical/hydrologic models have all been used to better understand climate variability, and to some extent have been incorporated into water resource management. The differing methodologies and spatiotemporal resolution of individual studies, however, often prevents an actionable synthesis of results, and generation of management-useful metrics. This session seeks contributions that integrate paleoclimate, observations, and physical models to improve the understanding and incorporation of climate information into water resource management.
Conveners: Gregory Pederson (USGS), Jeremy Littell (USGS), and Stephen Gray (USGS).