The documentary, Valles Caldera: The Science, focuses on the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the high mountains of northern New Mexico. The Preserve is situated inside a collapsed crater surrounded by eruptive domes and features the 11,254 ft. Redondo Peak. Much of the year, the Valles area is an emerald gem amidst the sere New Mexico landscape. This nationally distributed program is a local New Mexico co-production of Santa Fe Productions and Tim Aydelott Productions and features UNM researchers in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Biology as part of the documentary which airs Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. on New Mexico PBS, Channel 5.1.

Valles Caldera: The Science transports viewers to the grandeur and stunning beauty of one of America's most captivating natural environments. It explores scientific research into climate change being conducted on the Valles Caldera National Preserve, as well as the geology, the geologic forces that formed the Caldera super volcano, the current hydrology within the Caldera, and the effects of fire in the region.

This program offers crucial insights into water and land management, plate tectonics, and climate change, shedding new light on important issues facing not just the region, but also the world.

Valles Caldera: The Science Covers Three Major Topics:
- Geologic History - The Valles Caldera is the location that inspired Volcanologist Robert L. Smith to develop the theory of Resurgent Domes. Watch an interview with him at his home in Sacramento, CA. This geology segment includes scientists in the field discussing the geology, subsurface geologic reasons for the super volcano, volcanic resources found within the Caldera, and the importance of the Caldera in the history of geologic science. The Valles Caldera is the key model for Caldera theory worldwide and was instrumental in the development of plate tectonic theory.

- Current Research - This segment focuses on the research being conducted by the New Mexico EPSCoR on climate change in the Caldera. What does real time monitoring of precipitation levels, stream
flow and water chemistry in the Caldera tell us about current and future water resources in New Mexico? How do the scientists conducting the research use the data collected to analyze potential climate change in a regional context?

- Fire Impacts - During the filming of Part One of this trilogy the Los Conchas fire broke out, burning 30% of the Valles Caldera. The film crew was able to obtain incredible before and after comparison shots, as well as interview scientists collecting never before seen data sets just weeks after what was at the time the largest, fastest growing fire in New Mexico's history. What impacts did the Las Conchas Fire of June 2011 have on research projects in the Caldera? Do we see the imprint in the data? How did the largest, fire in New Mexico impact the wildlife resources in the Caldera? Is there data available that will help determine the future course and impact of fire in the region?