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 Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is looking for a scientist who excels in taking scientific results to new places and who can link scientific findings to resource, land, or community management decisions as Alaskan communities.
John Walsh, an Alaska CSC scientist and chief scientist at the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, received the 2016 International Arctic Science Committee Medal.
U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, Climate Change, Conservation, External News
Government officials, diplomats from around the world, and the President of the United States visited Alaska in late August and early September to discuss climate change in Alaska and the Arctic. The Alaska Climate Science Center administrators, scientists, fellows, and research projects were prominent throughout the special activities and events held around the state.
U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, Climate Change, Science, External News
The Alaska Climate Science Center, along with NOAA, NASA, OSTP, and other agencies, provided scientific expertise for the newly released Arctic Theme in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is comprised of datasets and resources designed to facilitate resilience to climate impacts, and is part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Data Initiative (CDI).
Since Girls on Ice Alaska began in 2012, the AK CSC has been the primary supporter of the program and is looking forward to helping make another year of this innovative science outreach program possible.
For the past four years a team of nearly thirty scientists have been developing the Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska and Northwest Canada (IEM). When completed the model will simulate the effects of climate change on ecosystems and natural resources.
U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, Climate Change, Press Release
A new scientific synthesis suggests a gradual, prolonged release of greenhouse gases from permafrost soils in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, which may afford society more time to adapt to environmental changes.
U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, Climate Change, Science, Press Release
With support from the Alaska Climate Science Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers and collaborators created the geographic climate divisions, which describe zones that have broadly similar climate variations over time.
U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska, Climate Change, Conservation, Press Release
Frozen bodies of ice cover nearly 10 percent of the state of Alaska, but the influence of glaciers on the environment, tourism, fisheries, hydropower, and other Alaska resources is rarely discussed. But a new article has started the conversation.
The impact from melting glaciers due to climate change will be more complex than just causing changes to global sea-levels. Melting glaciers will potentially have a major impact on the flow of organic carbon to oceans around the world.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Alaska Climate Science Center is awarding more than $500,000 for research to guide natural and cultural resource managers in helping wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change.