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: SW CSC Supported Publication on Last Generation and New Generation Climate Models
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Southwest Climate Science Center supported researcher Suraj Polade is the lead on a recent study that analyzed the ways that global climate models from the last generation of projections (CMIP3, ca. about 2006) compared to the new generation of projections (CMIP5) that have been generated more recently. Specifically the study looked to see how the two generations differed in the ways that they represented Pacific Ocean-atmosphere climate modes (e.g., ENSO and PDO) in their respective historical simulations. Improvements in the new generation were identified.
Polade, S.D., Gershunov, A., Cayan, D.R., Dettinger, M.D., and Pierce, D.W., 2013, Natural modes of variability and their teleconnections over the Pacific-North American region in CMIP3 and CMIP5 models: Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 6 p., doi:10.1002/grl.50941.