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).
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) facilitates creation of objective scientific information and tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. NW CSC products are currently being developed on an ongoing basis. Once completed, this page will provide access to scientific publications, presentations, fact sheets, data, and other products that have been generated by research funded by the NW CSC.
Illán, J.G., C.D. Thomas, J.A. Jones, W.K. Wong, S.M. Shirley, and M.G. Betts. In press.Precipitation and winter tempertaure predict long-term range-scale abundance changes in Western North American birds. Global Change Biology, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12642. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Landguth, E.L., C.C. Muhlfeld, R.S. Waples, L. Jones, W.H. Lowe, D. Whited, J. Lucotch, H. Neville, and G. Luikart. In press.Combining demographic and genetic factors to assess population vulnerability in stream species. Ecological Applications, doi: 10.1890/13-0499.1. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Abatzoglou, J.T., D.E. Rupp and P.W. Mote. 2014. Seasonal climate variability and change in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Journal of Climate 27:25-2142. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00218.1 [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Benjamin, J.R., L.A. Wetzel, K.D. Martens, K. Larsen, and P.J. Connolly. 2014. Spatio-temporal variability in movement, age, and growth of mountain whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni) in a river network based upon PIT tagging and otolith chemistry. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:131-140. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2013-0279. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Donatuto, J., E.E. Grossman, J. Konovsky, S. Grossman, and L.W. Campbell. 2014. Indigenous community health and climate change: integrating biophysical and social science indicators. Coastal Management 42:355-373, doi: 10.1080/08920753.2014.923140. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Germino, M.J. and K. Reinhardt. 2014.Desert shrub responses to experimental modification of precipitation seasonality and soil depth: relationship to the two-layer hypothesis and ecohydrological niche. Journal of Ecology 102:989-997, doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12266. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Lawrence, D.J., Stewart-Koster, B., Olden, J.D., Ruesch, A.S., Torgersen, C.E., Lawler, J.J. 2014. The interactive effects of climate change, riparian management, and a non-native predators on stream-rearing salmon: Ecological Applications 24:895-912. doi:10.1890/13-0753.1 [External Journal Website]
Muhlfeld C.C, R.P. Kovach, L.A. Jones, R. Al-Chokhachy, M.C. Boyer, R.F. Leary, W.H. Lowe, G. Luikart, and F.W. Allendorf. 2014. Invasive hybridization in a threatened species is accelerated by climate change. Nature Climate Change 4:620-624, doi:10.1038/nclimate2252. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Ryan M.E., W.J. Palen, M.J. Adams, and R.M. Rochefort. 2014. Amphibians in the climate vise: loss and restoration of resilience of montane wetland ecosystems in the western US. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12:232-240, doi:10.1890/130145. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Bohn, T. J., B. Livneh, J. W. Oyler, S. W. Running, B. Nijssen, and D. P. Lettenmaier (2013), Global evaluation of MTCLIM and related algorithms for forcing of ecological and hydrological models. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 176:38-49. doi:10.1016/j.agrformet.2013.03.003. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Boyte, S.P., B.K. Wylie, D.J. Major, and J.F. Brown. 2013. The integration of geophysical and enhanced Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Normalized Difference Vegetation Index data into a rule-based, piecewise regression-tree model to estimate cheatgrass beginning of spring growth. International Journal of Digital Earth, doi:10.1080/17538947.2013.860196. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Livneh B., E.A. Rosenberg, C. Lin, B. Nijssen, V. Mishra, K.M. Andreadis, E.P. Maurer, and D.P. Lettenmaier (2013), A long-term hydrologically based dataset of land surface fluxes and states for the conterminous United States: Update and extensions. Journal of Climate 26:9384-9392. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00508.1. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Rupp, D. E., J. T. Abatzoglou, K. C. Hegewisch, and P. W. Mote (2013), Evaluation of CMIP5 20th century climate simulations for the Pacific Northwest USA, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 10,884–10,906, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50843. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Shirley, S.M., Z. Yang, R.A. Hutchinson, J.D. Alexander, K. McGarigal, and M.G. Betts. 2013. Species distribution modeling for the people: unclassified landsat TM imagery predicts bird occurrence at fine resolutions. Diversity and Distributions 19:855-866. doi:10.1111/ddi.12093. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Wenger, S. J., Som, N. A., Dauwalter, D. C., Isaak, D. J., Neville, H. M., Luce, C. H., Dunham, J. B., Young, M. K., Fausch, K. D. and Rieman, B. E. (2013), Probabilistic accounting of uncertainty in forecasts of species distributions under climate change. Global Change Biology, 19: 3343–3354. doi:10.1111/gcb.12294. [External Journal Website] [Project Page]
Using State-and-Transition Simulation Models to Guide Sustainable Management of Ecosystems: Three Case Studies from across the US, Megan Creutzburg, Jennifer Costanza & Brian Miller [Webinar Recording] [Project Page]