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.
Climate and land cover change alter important physical processes, such as temperature, precipitation, streamflow, and sea-level. Changes in these processes affect terrestrial and aquatic organisms that provide important ecological services to society. The potentially large consequences of these changes highlight the need to develop effective conservation strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate and landscape change.
The Southeast CSC provides scientifically valid information and tools that can be used to adapt resource management to changing environmental conditions; and applies these tools to produce local and regional assessments that are widely used by policy makers, resource managers, and the public.
The science plan identifies six science themes that frame the activities needed to achieve the objectives of the Southeast CSC:
Theme 1: Climate and Other Appropriate Projections to Use for Resource Management Theme 2: Land Use and Land-Cover Change Projections Theme 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources Theme 4: Ecological Research and Modeling Theme 5: Coastal and Nearshore Marine Environments Theme 6: Impacts of Climate Change on Cultural-Heritage Resources
The Southeast CSC receives advice and guidance from a Stakeholder Advisory Committee and also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assist with independent scientific review of projects comprising the SE CSC research program.