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: Upcoming Webinar: Climate Change in the Northeastern U.S.
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The NE CSC invites you to a webinar on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM Eastern titled "Climate Change in the Northeastern U.S.: Regional Climate Model Validation and Climate Change Projections". The webinar is being presented by the NE CSC host institution, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
A high resolution regional climate model (RCM) is used to simulate climate of the recent past and to project future climate change across the northeastern US. Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOF) analysis and K-means clustering analysis are applied to divide the northeastern US region into four climatologically different zones based on the surface air temperature and precipitation variability. The RCM simulations tend to overestimate surface air temperature, especially over the northern part of the domain in winter and over the western part in summer. The RCM simulation driven by the quasi-observed boundary data shows better capabilities than the simulations driven by the GCM in reproducing the mean and variability of temperature and precipitation.
Statistically significant increase in surface air temperature under both higher and lower emissions scenarios over the whole RCM domain suggests the robustness in the future warming. Most parts of the northeastern US region will experience increasing winter precipitation and decreasing summer precipitation, but the magnitudes are insignificant. Greater magnitude of the projected temperature increase by the end of the twenty-first century under the higher emissions scenario emphasizes the essential role of emissions choices in determining the potential future climate change.
To join the webinar:
Webinar Link: Click here to join the webinar - you may join 15 minutes early. Meeting Number: 668 383 160. This meeting does not require a password or registration. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.