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).
The Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) is focused on developing and communicating essential scientific knowledge and tools to benefit the region's managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources. Although the SW CSC is primarily concerned with the southwestern United States, it also collaborates with other CSCs across the nation to develop national capabilities and address regional challenges in an integrated fashion.
The research direction taken by the SW CSC is guided by a Strategic Science Agenda and the Annual Science Workplan. The Strategic Science Agenda articulates general science objectives, staffing needs, and operating principles for the SW CSC over a five-year period that started in 2013. The 2015 Annual Science Workplan details the specific research priorities and planned actions for the SW CSC during federal fiscal year 2015.
The development of the SW CSC's strategic direction is guided by a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC comprises executive-level representatives from federal, state, and tribal resource management agencies, including the region's Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs). The SAC plays a critical role in shaping the SW CSC's science planning process to ensure it meets the needs of on-the-ground resource managers. The SW CSC also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assists with independent scientific review of projects comprising the SW CSC research program.
SW CSC Research Priorities:
1. Anticipating climate change and variability at intermediate timescales. 2. Linking climatic, hydrological and ecological changes at intermediate timescales.
3. Hydrological effects of climate change in the Southwest.
4. Effects of climate change on coastlines, estuaries, and wetlands.
5. Design and implementation of monitoring strategies.
6. Hydroclimatic change and terrestrial ecosystems.