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 In the News: Forecasting the future of weather
A recent article in The Boston Globe, "Forecasting the future of weather", featured the work of the Northeast Climate Science Center:
When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but they're also looking back. Way back.
“We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago,” says Michael Rawlins, an associate professor of geosciences and the director of the university's Climate System Research Center in Amherst.
Founded in the mid-1980s, the center studies climate change and variability around the globe and across the ages, with particular expertise in ancient climate fluctuations. The center's faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers have investigated the history of monsoons on the Arabian peninsula, the evolution of Arctic climates, and glacier movements on Mount Kilimanjaro.
And while the research center investigates the past and present, its younger sibling, the year-old Northeast Climate Science Center, is focused on the future.
The center, funded with a $7.5 million federal grant, brings together seven notable institutions — including UMass, Columbia University, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole — to research how ongoing climate changes will impact forests, fisheries, and other key natural resources in the Northeast. The goal is to give government leaders, wildlife managers, Native American tribes, and nongovernmental organizations the resources they need to see climate shifts coming and adapt policies and practices to new conditions.
“Combined, the research and expertise of the Climate System Research Center and the Northeast Climate Science Center make the University of Massachusetts an outstanding place to do climate science research,” Rawlins says.
So if we get slammed with a blizzard in May, at least UMass is on the case.