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).
NW CSC Regional Inventory of Climate Science Projects
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) supports research that addresses its Science Agenda for 2012-2016, which is composed of seven themes that outline the science needed to help make sound resource management decisions in the Northwest in the face of climate change. Since FY 2011, the NW CSC has awarded over $5 million to federal and university scientists to provide climate, water, and vegetation scenarios for the Northwest and examine how wildlife, disturbance regimes, and tribal cultural traditions may respond to these projected changes.
The NW CSC recognizes that our regional federal, state, and tribal partners are engaged in important research that also addresses our Science Agenda. To ensure coordination, identify research gaps, and avoid duplication of efforts between agencies, the NW CSC has compiled a database of regional climate research projects funded since FY 2011. This database, which currently consists of over 200 projects from 12 different agencies and organizations, showcases the significant progress that can be made by collectively addressing important climate science questions.
In order to easily create, edit, filter, and view climate project records sponsored by all DOI Climate Science Centers and their partner agencies and organizations, the NW CSC and USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) created the Data Entry for Project Tracking and Highlighting (DEPTH) web portal. This first-of-its-kind product is publicly accessible and maintained by NW CSC and NCCWSC staff.
Number of climate science projects funded in FY 2011-2014 by the NW CSC and its partner agencies that address the NW CSC Science Agenda. Themes: (1) Climate modeling, (2) Physical system responses to climate change, (3) Biological responses to climate change, (4) Vulnerability and adaptation, (5) Monitoring, (6) Data management, (7) Communication of science findings.