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: NE CSC Consortium Reacts to Hurricane Sandy
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, several members of the Northeast Climate Science Center Consortium are conducting research and participating in interviews that will be helpful in managing the response to the storm as well as preparing for future extreme events.
A recent article on the NE CSC university-based website discusses some of the reactions to Sandy:
"As the Northeast Climate Consortium, we extend our deepest sympathy and concern to those across the United States that were negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Across the region serviced by the Northeast Climate Science Center, this extreme weather event has uprooted communities, disrupted livelihoods, and left death and destruction in its wake. Hurricane Sandy, with its impact stretching across the northeast, midwest, and beyond, is exactly the type of incident for which the NECSC was established. As you will see below, some NECSC Consortium scientists have already reacted to what is unfolding, and many have been conducting research that will be helpful in the weeks and months to come, as people manage the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as well as look to prepare and increase resilience for the next extreme event.
NECSC Consortium member and director of the Climate Systems Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Professor Raymond Bradley said in an interview that with higher sea-surface temperatures, which are caused by man-made global warming, “when storms develop, when they do hit the coast they are going to be bigger and I think that's a fair statement that most people could sign onto.” Read more in The Vancouver Sun article.
Another NECSC Consortium member and research scientist at The Earth Institute at Columbia University Radley Horton has been speaking about the impacts of Hurrricane Sandy on New York City's infrastructure and the likely increase in such extreme events in the future. "Given the higher sea levels in the future, even if storms remain exactly the same, we're going to get more frequent flooding events, maybe three times as many coastal flood events by the end of the century, just by virtue of having average sea levels be higher," he said in an interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air."