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: New Online Tool Connects Climate Information, Data and Tools with User Needs
The Southwest Climate and Environmental Information Collaborative (SCENIC), a new online application, provides access to climate data, analysis tools, and other climate and weather information for the full extent or part of the Southwest region.
Some examples of observed and simulated data available through SCENIC are:
Daily point data from weather stations across the United States from 1950-present.
Dynamically downscaled gridded data and model outputs for 1970-2000 and 2040-2070 at 50 km spatial and daily temporal resolution.
PRISM data at daily (1980-present), monthly (1895-present), and yearly (1895-present) intervals at 4 km resolution. Customized analysis and visualization tools, such as data summaries, time series generators, and climate maps, also are available.
The beta version of SCENIC was recently released. Feedback on the beta version is currently being collected.
SCENIC was developed by the Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute as part of their work with the Southwest Climate Science Center.