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 Department of the Interior (DOI) North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) provides 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.
The NC CSC consortium and partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, impacts assessment, modeling, urban environments, and advanced information technology. The NC CSC brings together the latest data, tools, and knowledge on the impacts of climate change, and works directly with resource managers to promote climate-informed conservation and provides researchers an opportunity to work with an engaged and proactive applied management community. Providing users with data, technology, and training that incorporates the best possible understanding of past, present, and future climate into the decision process is an important goal for the NC CSC. This expertise is needed to deal with climate issues in the North Central region, where changes in temperature and precipitation are predicted to have significant effects on streams, forests, and agricultural lands, in addition to the fish, wildlife, and human communities supported by these environments.
The NC CSC is hosted by Colorado State University and is comprised of a regional University Consortium that includes researchers, students, and staff from: Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Montana State University, the University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Montana, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University. In addition to the host and consortium institutions, the NC CSC also collaborates with other important partner institutions including USGS Centers and DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. To learn more about the NC CSC university consortium, please visit the university consortium website.
The NC CSC was created by Secretarial Order 3289 and was established at CSU in 2011. The NE CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The NCCWSC and USGS support the North Central Climate Science Center in producing partner-driven science and management tools.