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.
Climate and land cover change alter important physical processes, such as temperature, precipitation, streamflow, and sea-level. Changes in these processes affect terrestrial and aquatic organisms that provide important ecological services to society. The potentially large consequences of these changes highlight the need to develop effective conservation strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate and landscape change.
The Southeast CSC provides scientifically valid information and tools that can be used to adapt resource management to changing environmental conditions; and applies these tools to produce local and regional assessments that are widely used by policy makers, resource managers, and the public.
The science plan identifies six science themes that frame the activities needed to achieve the objectives of the Southeast CSC:
Theme 1: Climate and Other Appropriate Projections to Use for Resource Management Theme 2: Land Use and Land-Cover Change Projections Theme 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources Theme 4: Ecological Research and Modeling Theme 5: Coastal and Nearshore Marine Environments Theme 6: Impacts of Climate Change on Cultural-Heritage Resources
The Southeast CSC receives advice and guidance from a Stakeholder Advisory Committee and also periodically receives guidance from a panel of technical reviewers that assist with independent scientific review of projects comprising the SE CSC research program.