Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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.
DOINews: NW CSC Graduate Fellow Receives Award for Academic Excellence
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On May 30, 2014 Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) Graduate Fellow, Sihan Li, will be one of two recipients honored with this year's Wayne V. Burt award, named for the founder of oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU), and awarded for academic excellence to a graduate student in physical oceanography or atmospheric sciences.
Li works with Dr. Philip Mote, University Director of the NW CSC and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), on a project called Weather at Home. Weather at Home is an innovative scientific experiment that makes use of over 50,000 volunteers and their personal computers to help scientists understand, in unprecedented detail, what lies ahead for the climate. By using existing personal computers, the project leverages volunteer resources from around the world to produce a highly detailed "super ensemble" with regional-scale models for four target regions- the western United States, southern Africa, Europe, and Australia. The super ensemble in the western US contains over 140,000 simulations, allowing scientists to quantify the details of climate change on fine spatial scales and to determine, among other things, how terrain affects the pace of climate change, how weather extremes will change, and what the likely ranges of change will be. A top priority of Weather at Home is to provide information that will meet the needs of various natural resource management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Water Utility Climate Alliance. Funding for the project was provided in part by the California Energy Commission, the US Geological Survey, BLM and Microsoft Corporation.
Li arrived in the United States in July 2011, after graduating with a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from Yunnan University in Southwest China.