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 In the News: Forecasting the future of weather
Last edited 4/26/2016
A recent article in The Boston Globe, "Forecasting the future of weather", featured the work of the Northeast Climate Science Center:
When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but they're also looking back. Way back.
“We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago,” says Michael Rawlins, an associate professor of geosciences and the director of the university's Climate System Research Center in Amherst.
Founded in the mid-1980s, the center studies climate change and variability around the globe and across the ages, with particular expertise in ancient climate fluctuations. The center's faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers have investigated the history of monsoons on the Arabian peninsula, the evolution of Arctic climates, and glacier movements on Mount Kilimanjaro.
And while the research center investigates the past and present, its younger sibling, the year-old Northeast Climate Science Center, is focused on the future.
The center, funded with a $7.5 million federal grant, brings together seven notable institutions — including UMass, Columbia University, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole — to research how ongoing climate changes will impact forests, fisheries, and other key natural resources in the Northeast. The goal is to give government leaders, wildlife managers, Native American tribes, and nongovernmental organizations the resources they need to see climate shifts coming and adapt policies and practices to new conditions.
“Combined, the research and expertise of the Climate System Research Center and the Northeast Climate Science Center make the University of Massachusetts an outstanding place to do climate science research,” Rawlins says.
So if we get slammed with a blizzard in May, at least UMass is on the case.