Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The Alaska CSC is supporting a variety of projects aimed at understanding, predicting and adapting to the impacts of climate variability and climate change on Alaska's resources. Examples of these projects include:
Western Alaska Coastal Hazards Workshop: Jointly sponsored by the Alaska CSC, Alaska Ocean Observing System, and Western Alaska LCC, May 30-31, 2012.
In addition to the "fact sheets" offered above, here are some samples of the technical publications that are resulting from this work:
Gusmeroli, A. and Grosse, G., 2012. Ground penetrating radar detection of subsnow liquid overflow on ice-covered lakes in interior Alaska, the Cryosphere Discuss., 6, 3079-3099, doi:10.5194/tcd-6-3079-2012, 2012.
Post, A., O'Neel, S., Motyka, R., and Streveler, G, 2011, A complex relationship between calving glaciers and climate, EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, V. 92, No. 37, p. 305-6, doi:10.1029/2011EO370001.
Fellman, J. B., Nagorski, S., Pyare, S., Vermilyea, A. W., Scott, D. and Hood, E., 2013. Stream temperature response to variable glacier coverage in coastal watersheds of Southeast Alaska. Hydrol. Process. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9742.
As the Alaska CSC enters its third year in full operation, please check back for upcoming publications on permafrost change, water resources, glaciers, and other topics related to the management of Alaska's natural and cultural resources.