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.
DOINews: New Paper on "Choosing and Using Climate-Change Scenarios for Ecological-Impact Assessments and Conservation Decisions"
Last edited 4/26/2016
A new paper, "Choosing and Using Climate-Change Scenarios for Ecological-Impact Assessments and Conservation Decisions" examines how to choose from myriad climate scenarios for things like impacts and/or vulnerability assessment. Jeremy Littell, Lead Research Scientist at the Alaska Climate Science Center, co-authored this research.
The guide to climate change scenario use addresses common misperceptions about the utility of climate scenarios for biological assessments and decision making. It presents defensible strategies for choosing and using climate-change scenarios that recognize the irreducible uncertainty of future climate and meet the challenge of developing useful climate information for decision making.
Key take-aways from the paper:
· Understanding the entire system is critical to assessing how a species will fare under changing climate