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).
Participants in the 2015 "Climate Boot Camp" put on by the Northwest Climate Science Center gathered in Mount Rainier National Park to learn more about the rapid retreat of snow and ice on the mountain. KPLU news station went along for the trip!
U.S. Geological Survey, California, Climate Change, Conservation, External News
The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University released a report this week examining Pacific Northwest tidal wetland vulnerability to sea level rise. Scientists found that, while vulnerability varies from marsh to marsh, most wetlands would likely be resilient to rising sea levels over the next 50-70 years. Beyond that time, however, most wetlands might convert to intertidal mudflats as sea level rise outpaces the capacity of tidal marshes to adapt.
The Sixth Annual Pacific Northwest (PNW) Climate Science Conference will be held Nov. 4-5, 2015, in Coeur d'Alene, ID! The conference brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the impacts of climate in the Pacific Northwest.
U.S. Geological Survey, Oregon, Climate Change, Conservation, Press Release
Researchers modeled projected shifts in vegetation distributions and potential sage-grouse habitat across 23.5 million acres in southeastern Oregon. Results from this study are in a new publication in AIMS Environmental Science.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Conservation, Press Release
Climate change is likely to make extreme events like flooding, drought and fire more common. A recently completed NW CSC project aimed to model climatic extremes in ways that would help resource managers understand likely outcomes of climate change.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Press Release
In a new paper in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, researchers discuss the complex nature of the factors influencing genomic variation and evolutionary processes. The authors highlight the need for a more holistic, interdisciplinary perspective.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12pm PST, Jason Dunham will present his research which aims to elaborate how certain climate-related threats influence bull trout across five western states (OR, WA, ID, MT, NV).
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Northwest Climate Science Center is awarding more than $1 million for research to guide natural and cultural resource managers in helping wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
The Northwest Climate Science Center is pleased to announce the release of the NW CSC Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014! The Annual Report highlights major accomplishments in each of the five NW CSC core service areas.
NW CSC Graduate Fellow, Ronda Strauch, is an author on a new paper that finds that as watersheds in the North Cascades become increasingly dominated by rain rather than snow, fall and winter floods will cause more damage to roads in the region.
In a recent study, members of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation and the USGS applied newly developed Indigenous Community Health Indicators to identify climate adaptation priorities for their coastal communities.