Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
The South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC) recently received a Department of the Interior (DOI) Environmental Achievement Award for their work in Climate Science and Partnerships – Increasing Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation.
Oklahoma, Texas, Climate Change, Conservation, Blog Post
Several students, supported by the South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC), recently attended the Southwest Division of the American Association of Geographers (SWAAG) meeting in San Antonio, TX. SWAAG exists to further professional investigations in geography, to encourage the application of geographic findings in education, government, and business, and to improve and elevate the public image of geography.
Oklahoma, Texas, Climate Change, Conservation, Blog Post
Geography graduate student Madeline Hinchliffe is helping the SC CSC understand the impacts of drought in the Rio Grande Basin and how conservation efforts can help ensure the long-term survival of the river.
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations have partnered up to develop projections of water availability in the Red River Basin under future climate conditions. The Red River Basin has recently experienced both severe drought and exceptional flooding, both of which cause impacts to industry, agriculture and tourism, as well as other sectors including the environment.
Staff from the South Central CSC had a great time at the Oklahoma EPSCoR 2015 Women in Science Conference earlier this week! Through a hands-on activity, the SC CSC introduced participants to dendrochronology; the science of analyzing tree growth ring patterns. This data can be used to reconstruct what the Earth's past climate was like while the tree was growing.
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) is helping to host a local event at the University of Oklahoma for the Climate Game Jam occuring on October 2-4, 2015. At the event, teams gather to rapidly prototype game designs (online, pervasive, tabletop, or other formats) and to inject new ideas to help grow the game industry and make educational climate information accessible to a range of audiences.
Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, a scientist at the Louisiana State University and a research partner within the South Central Climate Science Center's regional community, is undertaking a new project (funded by the National Science Foundation) on "Poverty Traps and Mangrove Ecosystem Services in Coastal Tanzania".
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) participated in the 2015 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Labor Day Festival this year in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma. The event included a focus on climate change with hands on demonstrations on ocean acidification and greenhouse gas emissions.
The South Central Climate Science Center's (SC CSC) International Studies Scholarship was created to assist University of Oklahoma (OU) students pursuing a summer study abroad program. The scholarship amount awarded is $5,000.
In a new paper, researchers describe the development of a new evapotranspiration (ET) product using best quality ground and satellite-based observations of the water budget components, i.e., precipitation, runoff, and water storage change across the coterminous U.S. This study was, in part, supported by the South Central Climate Science Center.
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.