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.
NW CSC Regional Inventory of Climate Science Projects
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) supports research that addresses its Science Agenda for 2012-2016, which is composed of seven themes that outline the science needed to help make sound resource management decisions in the Northwest in the face of climate change. Since FY 2011, the NW CSC has awarded over $6 million to federal and university scientists to provide climate, water, and vegetation scenarios for the Northwest and examine how wildlife, disturbance regimes, and tribal cultural traditions may respond to these projected changes.
The NW CSC recognizes that our regional federal, state, and tribal partners are engaged in important research that also addresses our Science Agenda. To ensure coordination, identify research gaps, and avoid duplication of efforts between agencies, the NW CSC has compiled a database of regional climate research projects funded since FY 2011. This database, which currently consists of over 400 projects from 16 different agencies and organizations, showcases the significant progress that can be made by collectively addressing important climate science questions.
In order to easily create, edit, filter, and view climate project records sponsored by all DOI Climate Science Centers and their partner agencies and organizations, the NW CSC and USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) created the Data Entry for Project Tracking and Highlighting (DEPTH) web portal. This first-of-its-kind product is publicly accessible and maintained by NW CSC and NCCWSC staff.
Number of climate science projects funded in FY 2011-2014 by the NW CSC and its partner agencies that address the NW CSC Science Agenda. Themes: (1) Climate modeling, (2) Physical system responses to climate change, (3) Biological responses to climate change, (4) Vulnerability and adaptation, (5) Monitoring, (6) Data management, (7) Communication of science findings.