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 attached is guidance for the development of pre-proposals and preliminary guidance for full proposals for the first round of science projects to be sponsored by the NE CSC. This process is a prototype for the proposal process, which in the future will be guided by the NECSC Advisory Council and by the NE CSC Strategic Plan, once those structures and documents are in place. The NE CSC Preliminary Science Focus Areas, is our working document and guidance while the Strategic Science Plan is under development. This abbreviated process is due to the tight time constraints imposed by the 2012 budget cycle.
Federal funds administered by the Northeast Climate Science Center are available to investigators affiliated with the NE CSC Consortium of Universities hosted by the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in collaboration with the College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, (Columbia), and the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and to USGS Science Centers, Cooperative Research Units and the USGS National Research Program and Water Resource Research Institutes. Each proposal must have a Principal Investigator (PI) from an eligible entity. Parties from other organizations (Federal, state, tribal, or other) not listed here may (serve as co-PIs) on projects headed by a Consortium University or USGS PI.
Estimated Available Funds
In Fiscal Year 2012, $530,000 in Federal funds will be administered by the NE CSC to support new projects funded through this solicitation and other priorities at the discretion of the NECSC Director. The core funding for the NE CSC comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Project awards may be funded for a maximum of 2 fiscal years; however, the total cost of a two year project may not exceed $150,000, unless otherwise noted, which includes total project costs (direct plus indirect costs).
Pre-proposals are due on March 30, 2012 by the end of the day.