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.
Congratulations to Katharine Hayhoe for receiving the Friend of the Planet award from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE)! Katharine is a Climate Scientist at Texas Tech University and is a primary partner of the South Central Climate Science Center.
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) has announced their second early career professional development training designed for early career environmental professionals (within five years post-graduation), postdocs, and Ph.D. students (exceptional Master’s students also may be considered) from any discipline conducting climate-related research associated with the south-central U.S.
The South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC) recently received a Department of the Interior (DOI) Environmental Achievement Award for their work in Climate Science and Partnerships – Increasing Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation.
Oklahoma, Texas, Climate Change, Conservation, Blog Post
Several students, supported by the South Central Climate Science Center (SCCSC), recently attended the Southwest Division of the American Association of Geographers (SWAAG) meeting in San Antonio, TX. SWAAG exists to further professional investigations in geography, to encourage the application of geographic findings in education, government, and business, and to improve and elevate the public image of geography.
Oklahoma, Texas, Climate Change, Conservation, Blog Post
Geography graduate student Madeline Hinchliffe is helping the SC CSC understand the impacts of drought in the Rio Grande Basin and how conservation efforts can help ensure the long-term survival of the river.
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations have partnered up to develop projections of water availability in the Red River Basin under future climate conditions. The Red River Basin has recently experienced both severe drought and exceptional flooding, both of which cause impacts to industry, agriculture and tourism, as well as other sectors including the environment.
Staff from the South Central CSC had a great time at the Oklahoma EPSCoR 2015 Women in Science Conference earlier this week! Through a hands-on activity, the SC CSC introduced participants to dendrochronology; the science of analyzing tree growth ring patterns. This data can be used to reconstruct what the Earth's past climate was like while the tree was growing.
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) is helping to host a local event at the University of Oklahoma for the Climate Game Jam occuring on October 2-4, 2015. At the event, teams gather to rapidly prototype game designs (online, pervasive, tabletop, or other formats) and to inject new ideas to help grow the game industry and make educational climate information accessible to a range of audiences.
Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, a scientist at the Louisiana State University and a research partner within the South Central Climate Science Center's regional community, is undertaking a new project (funded by the National Science Foundation) on "Poverty Traps and Mangrove Ecosystem Services in Coastal Tanzania".
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) participated in the 2015 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Labor Day Festival this year in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma. The event included a focus on climate change with hands on demonstrations on ocean acidification and greenhouse gas emissions.
The South Central Climate Science Center's (SC CSC) International Studies Scholarship was created to assist University of Oklahoma (OU) students pursuing a summer study abroad program. The scholarship amount awarded is $5,000.
In a new paper, researchers describe the development of a new evapotranspiration (ET) product using best quality ground and satellite-based observations of the water budget components, i.e., precipitation, runoff, and water storage change across the coterminous U.S. This study was, in part, supported by the South Central Climate Science Center.
Oklahoma, Climate Change, Native Americans, Science, Blog Post
A Tribal Consultation meeting was recently held by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council. The meeting was hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, and the location was the beautiful, new/historic Artesian Hotel. At least 17 tribes were represented including many tribal leaders.