Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
DOINews: NW CSC Graduate Fellow Receives Award for Academic Excellence
On May 30, 2014 Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) Graduate Fellow, Sihan Li, will be one of two recipients honored with this year's Wayne V. Burt award, named for the founder of oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), and awarded for academic excellence to a graduate student in physical oceanography or atmospheric sciences.
Li works with Dr. Philip Mote, University Director of the NW CSC and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), on a project called Weather at Home. Weather at Home is an innovative scientific experiment that makes use of over 50,000 volunteers and their personal computers to help scientists understand, in unprecedented detail, what lies ahead for the climate. By using existing personal computers, the project leverages volunteer resources from around the world to produce a highly detailed "super ensemble" with regional-scale models for four target regions- the western United States, southern Africa, Europe, and Australia. The super ensemble in the western US contains over 140,000 simulations, allowing scientists to quantify the details of climate change on fine spatial scales and to determine, among other things, how terrain affects the pace of climate change, how weather extremes will change, and what the likely ranges of change will be. A top priority of Weather at Home is to provide information that will meet the needs of various natural resource management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Water Utility Climate Alliance. Funding for the project was provided in part by the California Energy Commission, the US Geological Survey, BLM and Microsoft Corporation.
Li arrived in the United States in July 2011, after graduating with a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from Yunnan University in Southwest China.