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 North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) strives to provide users with data, technology, and training that incorporates the best possible understanding of past, present, and future climate into the decision process. The NC CSC has identified these four goals which are being met through cross-sector collaboration and regular iterative engagement with resource managers, decision makers, and the public:
Compile existing climate data and projections for use in regional climate models that can inform short-term management objectives;
Gain greater understanding of climate drivers and impacts on key regional sectors: natural, cultural, & energy resources and ecosystems goods and services;
Evaluate vulnerabilities through physical, ecological, and social perspectives and consider adaptive capabilities with a focus on human livelihood, health, and safety; and
Develop user-driven decision support tools that aid in developing effective climate change response strategies and resilient management practices.
The science activities undertaken by a CSC are driven principally by a Climate Science Agenda. The Agenda establishes high-level climate science priorities while ensuring this science also is pertinent to and addresses management needs. The Agenda is used to determine which proposed climate science projects will be funded by a CSC. In developing and implementing the Science Agenda, the NC CSC receives advice and guidance from its Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Joint USDA/DOI Stakeholder Committee (JSC). The NC CSC also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assists with independent scientific review of projects comprising the NC CSC research program.