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).
In Hawai'i and the other Pacific islands, seascapes and landscapes are woven into the identity and practices of dozens of cultures with more than 20 spoken languages and thousands of cultural sites, places, and landforms. The region is largely dependent on rainfall-fed ground water and aquifers for freshwater, and virtually everyone lives, works, or harvests food in the coastal zone, including the major population centers as well as other ports and associated critical infrastructure across the region. Climate change is already impacting uplands, coastlines, nearshore reef environments, and leeward or low-rainfall areas as a result.
The research direction taken by the PI CSC is guided by the PI CSC Five-Year Science Agenda for 2014-2018. This document describes the role and interactions of the PI CSC among its partners and stakeholders, clarifies the responsibilities of the Center to its partners, defines a context for climate impacts in the PI CSC region, and establishes the science priorities that the Center will address through research.
The PI CSC has identified four priority science themes that will drive the CSC's regional science program:
Theme 1: Guidance for Anticipated Intermediate-Term Climate Changes
Theme 2: Potential Effects of Changing Climate on Freshwater Resources
Theme 3: Anticipating and Addressing Change in Coastal and Low-Lying Areas
Theme 4: Forecasting Sustainability for Resource Management and Planning
In developing the Strategic Science Agenda, the PI CSC received advice and guidance from its Stakeholder Advisory Committee (Appendix 1 of the PI CSC Five-Year Science Agenda for 2014-2018). The PI CSC also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assists with independent scientific review of projects comprising the PI CSC research program.