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: Research Highlight: Extended Monitoring and Modeling of Climate Change Effects on Pacific Northwest Wetlands
Last edited 4/26/2016
Extended Monitoring and Modeling of Climate Change Effects on Pacific Northwest Wetlands
Principal Investigator: Joshua Lawler, University of Washington
Co-principal Investigator: Alan Hamlet, University of Notre Dame
Wetlands are ecologically important yet at-risk ecosystems. Wetlands provide critical services for natural communities and human society, including nutrient cycling, wildlife provisioning, water storage & filtration, carbon sequestration, agriculture & recreation, and core habitat for a wide range of species. Wetlands challenge our current scientific capacity because of their sheer number (10,000's-100,000's for the Pacific Northwest alone), their wide range of sizes (10,000 m2), and dynamic nature (intermittent to permanent). They are also thought to be among the most sensitive ecosystems to climate change via changes in temperature and precipitation and resulting changes in hydroperiod and water temperature. Our research aims to develop new approaches and technical tools that are needed to support the conservation and sustainable management of wetlands in a changing climate. These include: 1) new methods for mapping wetlands and monitoring and reconstructing wetland hydroperiod using remote- sensing approaches, 2) the first generation of projections of hydrologic impacts to Pacific Northwest wetlands under climate change, 3) field-based hydrologic monitoring of wetlands in three PNW ecoregions, and 4) integration of 1-3 with ecological data to forecast climate change impacts to wetland ecosystems. We are particularly interested in the effects of climate change on amphibians such as the Cascades frog.