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: NE CSC Consortium Reacts to Hurricane Sandy
Last edited 4/26/2016
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, several members of the Northeast Climate Science Center Consortium are conducting research and participating in interviews that will be helpful in managing the response to the storm as well as preparing for future extreme events.
A recent article on the NE CSC university-based website discusses some of the reactions to Sandy:
"As the Northeast Climate Consortium, we extend our deepest sympathy and concern to those across the United States that were negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Across the region serviced by the Northeast Climate Science Center, this extreme weather event has uprooted communities, disrupted livelihoods, and left death and destruction in its wake. Hurricane Sandy, with its impact stretching across the northeast, midwest, and beyond, is exactly the type of incident for which the NECSC was established. As you will see below, some NECSC Consortium scientists have already reacted to what is unfolding, and many have been conducting research that will be helpful in the weeks and months to come, as people manage the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as well as look to prepare and increase resilience for the next extreme event.
NECSC Consortium member and director of the Climate Systems Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Professor Raymond Bradley said in an interview that with higher sea-surface temperatures, which are caused by man-made global warming, “when storms develop, when they do hit the coast they are going to be bigger and I think that's a fair statement that most people could sign onto.” Read more in The Vancouver Sun article.
Another NECSC Consortium member and research scientist at The Earth Institute at Columbia University Radley Horton has been speaking about the impacts of Hurrricane Sandy on New York City's infrastructure and the likely increase in such extreme events in the future. "Given the higher sea levels in the future, even if storms remain exactly the same, we're going to get more frequent flooding events, maybe three times as many coastal flood events by the end of the century, just by virtue of having average sea levels be higher," he said in an interview with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air."