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).
Oklahoma, Climate Change, Native Americans, Science, Blog Post
A Tribal Consultation meeting was recently held by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council. The meeting was hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, and the location was the beautiful, new/historic Artesian Hotel. At least 17 tribes were represented including many tribal leaders.
Researchers used an ecosystem services framework to examine how different water management/environmental flow scenarios in the Kiamichi River watershed affect the delivery of ecosystem services, and thus contribute to the wellbeing of people living both in and outside the watershed.
In drought-prone Texas, knowledge about precipitation and temperature is especially important.
A new study, supported by the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC), uses data and modeling to better understand Holocene climate variability in Texas. The paper describes a new speleothem reconstruction from a central Texas cave that provides information on past moisture availability.
District of Columbia, Climate Change, Press Release
This event is being organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Carnegie Institution for Science, with support from the American Meteorological Society and the Linden Trust for Conservation. The event will be held October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Geological Survey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Press Release
The South Central Climate Science Center is holding a Climate Science Grant Writing Workshop for members of tribal and indigenous communities focused on developing a funding strategy for tribal vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation plans.
The South Central Climate Science Center recently collaborated with the New Improv! Century Ensemble (N!CE) to sonify 400,000 years of atmospheric carbon dioxide and global average temperature data from ice cores and proxy data.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Conservation, Press Release
The DOI South Central Climate Science Center worked closely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and other partners to set up a “Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment” course for Tribes in the south central region.
U.S. Geological Survey, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Climate Change, Press Release
A South Central CSC-funded graduate student at Oklahoma State University recently presented his research at Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference in Tulsa and at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society in Savannah.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Press Release
Allison Shipp, current Chair of the South Central CSC's Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), will soon also be Chair of the North Central CSC's SAC. Both CSCs are looking forward to working closely with Allison as well as to collaborating acros
In late February in Tucson, Keith Dixon, a South Central CSC affiliated researcher, will discuss opportunities and challenges that lie between global climate models and the information that decision-makers require for climate change adaptation.
U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the South Central Climate Science Center is awarding nearly $550,000 for research to guide natural and cultural resource managers in helping wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change.