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.
To collect and secure climate data while providing timely access, analytical functions, and interpretive services.
Data Services of the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) facilitate public access to comprehensive climate data, interpretive products, and decision-making tools for use by cultural and natural resource managers, researchers, and others. Data services assure that research projects funded by the NW CSC follow national data administration standards and procedures, and that the information and tools generated by projects are stored securely and in perpetuity. To read more about Data Services at the NW CSC, please download the Data Services section of the Strategic Plan by clicking here.
Northwest CSC Data Services Accomplishments to-date:
Climate-science data, interpretive products, and decision-making tools generated by projects funded by the NW CSC and other regional Climate Science Centers are housed in ScienceBase, a system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that catalogs data and provides a platform for collaborative data management.
The Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN), led by the University of Idaho, will replicate information housed in ScienceBase for the Northwest and provide additional, value-added data services.
As part of its funding selection process, the NW CSC ensures that research projects include a data management plan that conforms with national standards and procedures.