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: 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.