What will climate change bring to the national park landscapes, places like Everglades National Park or Kenai Fjords National Park or Sequoia National Park? That is one of the questions now being asked to help park interpreters better explain climate change to visitors.
In order to better track sea-level rise along the East Coast and the related impacts, National Park Service researchers have been building a database of habitat, vegetation, and erosional processes in the agency's National Capital Region.
Glaciers are the master craftsmen of mountains. Down through the centuries their massive weight grinds down and rearranges the face of mountains. Glaciologist Jon Riedel takes a look at these rivers of ice, and their impact on the landscapes of North Cascades and Mount Rainier national parks, in this captivating video.
In Alaska, where about 80 percent of the landscape has been identified as being permafrost, National Park Service scientists are working with several partners to inventory those lands to better monitor climate-change impacts.
The battle between man and bug continues at Rocky Mountain National Park, where crews will be busy this spring trying to blunt the onslaught of bark beetles in the park's forests.
Hurricane Sandy and the Blizzard of '13 are history, but in their wake National Park Service managers are rebuilding with an eye on more of the same potent storms in the years ahead. At Cape Cod National Seashore, that also means keeping sea level rise in mind.
Creating a conservation strategy for the Southern Canadian Rockies between Glacier National Park in the United States and Banff National Park in Canada would help wildlife endure climate change, according to a report from the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.
If ever there was an exclamation point to a report warning of the consequences of climate change, Hurricane Sandy was it. As the storm swept up the Eastern Seaboard last fall it cut national seashores in two, inundated mainland parks that lie at sea level, downed untold scores of trees, and in its aftermath left the National Park Service with a glowing opportunity to put its parks back together with similarly potent storms in mind.DOI Sustainability Plan.pdf
Signals of climate change seem to be more and more frequent in some parts of the country. In the Rocky Mountains, snowfall patterns are changing, temperatures are warming, bird behavior is alternating.
Photographic slides paper-clipped to strings to dry out. Officer's Row at Fort Hancock propped up with two-by-fours. Multi-use paths ripped out in places and buried in sand elsewhwere. That was part of the aftermath from Hurricane Sandy at Gateway National Recreation Area.