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).
DOINews: SC CSC Director Appointed as CIMMS Fellow
Dr. Kim Winton, Director of the South Central Climate Science Center, has been appointed as a Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) Fellow at the University of Oklahoma. The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) was established in 1978 as a cooperative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The University of Oklahoma (OU). CIMMS provides a mechanism to link the scientific and technical resources of OU and NOAA to create a center of research excellence in mesoscale meteorology, regional climate studies, and related subject areas. CIMMS-supported scientists and students conduct research in mesoscale dynamics, radar research, development, and analysis, atmospheric electricity, severe storms, cloud microphysics, and boundary layer studies, with increasing emphasis in recent years on the climatic effects of/controls on mesoscale processes, the socioeconomic impact of such phenomena, and climate change monitoring and detection. CIMMS is one of 18 NOAA Cooperative Institutes in 21 states.The responsibilities of a CIMMS Fellow include promotion of cooperation and scientific collaborations among Institutions, Departments and individuals participating in CIMMS; participation in CIMMS projects and programs; foster growth of the Institutes and review CIMMS activities and provide input for the Annual Report.