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: SW CSC Supported Publication on Last Generation and New Generation Climate Models
Southwest Climate Science Center supported researcher Suraj Polade is the lead on a recent study that analyzed the ways that global climate models from the last generation of projections (CMIP3, ca. about 2006) compared to the new generation of projections (CMIP5) that have been generated more recently. Specifically the study looked to see how the two generations differed in the ways that they represented Pacific Ocean-atmosphere climate modes (e.g., ENSO and PDO) in their respective historical simulations. Improvements in the new generation were identified.
Polade, S.D., Gershunov, A., Cayan, D.R., Dettinger, M.D., and Pierce, D.W., 2013, Natural modes of variability and their teleconnections over the Pacific-North American region in CMIP3 and CMIP5 models: Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 6 p., doi:10.1002/grl.50941.