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 Department of the Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PI CSC), established in 2011, is part of a network of eight regional Climate Science Centers (CSCs) created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. National coordination for the CSCs is provided by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.
The PI CSC is hosted by the University of Hawai'i, Manoa and works closely with two other consortium lead institutions: the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and the University of Guam. In addition to these universities, the PI CSC also collaborates with other important partner institutions. To learn more about the PI CSC university consortium, please visit the university consortium website.
The PI CSC consortium and partners provide expertise in developing and applying climate change science to societal and ecological challenges across the region. This expertise is needed to deal with climate issues in the Pacific Islands where the people, cultures, and ecosystems of the islands are now experiencing and are predicted to experience some of the most dramatic impacts of climate change and variability on both land and the sea. Changes in temperature and precipitation, as well as rising sea levels, are predicted to have significant effects on streams, aquifers, forests, agricultural lands, and coral reefs, in addition to the fish, wildlife, and human communities supported by these environments.