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).
DOINews: Upcoming Webinar - Making Climate Change Data Relevant at a Local Scale
NE CSC News Announcement
Dan Vimont, an investigator with the Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), will be giving a webinar next week on research funded by the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative titled, "Making Climate Change Data Relevant at a Local Scale".
Description: Global climate models project that Earth's temperature will warm by about 2°-4°C (about 3°-7°F) in the coming century. But what does that mean for communities, natural resource managers, and other local interests? And how can climate scientists ensure that climate data is useful to a wide range of individuals with different data needs?
In this webinar we will present a newly developed set of “downscaled” climate data that was developed in cooperation with the Upper Midwest / Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. A novel aspect of this downscaled data is that the technique was developed after conversations with a wide variety of people who would be using the data. As a result, the dataset is flexible enough to address a number of research and assessment needs. The webinar will address the following questions:
How can we develop climate data that is useful to a wide variety of communities who will be using that data?
How might climate change be evident in phenomena that are relevant for impacts, such as extreme warmth, duration of heat waves, and precipitation intensity?
How can we ensure that uncertainty in future projections of local and regional climate change is accounted for in climate assessment?
Dan Vimont is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is the Bryson Distinguished Professor of Climate, People, and the Environment. He conducts both fundamental and applied climate research. One focus area of Dan's research includes assessing regional impacts of climate change; he serves as the co–chair of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Science Council and the WICCI Climate Working Group. The WICCI Climate Working Group, funded by the Upper Midwest / Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, has recently developed a set of downscaled daily climate projections for the Eastern United States.