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 Investigators Present at the Midwest Fisheries and Wildlife Conference
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NE CSC Investigators present at the Midwest Fisheries and Wildlife Conference.
Symposium: Application of GIS to Advance Fisheries Science
Title: A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper for North East U.S.
Authors: Yin-Phan Tsang, Jana Stewart, Dana Infante
Affiliation: Michigan State University, U.S. Geological Survey
ABSTRACT: Stream temperature is a key factor in determining the distribution of aquatic organisms and affects nearly all aspects of stream ecology and water-quality processes. Climate change is expected to alter stream temperature over the coming decades, and in turn influence distributions of aquatic species in freshwater ecosystems. To better understand these changes, there is a need to inventory, compile, and collect both short-and long-term stream temperature data. This project is a joint group effort to develop a web-based decision support mapper to display and integrate stream temperature monitoring locations and networks. We will compile information from multiple agencies and organizations about stream temperature data and monitoring locations and networks in New England and the Great Lakes States. Data stewards will be provided with a list of requested metadata elements associated with the stream temperature data such as monitoring agency, site locations, period and frequency of records, etc. We target both continuous and instantaneous stream temperature data that reflect average temperature conditions of streams. Additional information such as paired air temperature, water quality, or aquatic biota monitoring data will also be collected. Stream temperature metadata will be combined into a common format in order to inventory, summarize, and map the information from multiple agencies. The final product will be developed for data stewards to manage and to design future monitoring efforts, and the web-based decision support mapper will supply climate related research for temperature modeling and assist stakeholders for decision making.