The Physical Monitoring Program began in 1972 on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) and included a full suite of meteorological and hydrological parameters. Initially the program collected data on physical parameters at two sites on BCI: one located in a clearing near several laboratory buildings and referred to as the "Clearing" or "El Claro", and a second site located inside a small catchment area named after the trail that passes through it - Lutz. Since then, the program has grown and currently ecompases eight automated weather stations (AWS) and an array remote ocean temperature sensors deployed in the Caribean and Pacific coasts of Panama. Additionally, the program has continued to record hydrological parameters and the original suite of manual meteorology measurements at BCI.
This site is continuosly being updated and data for additonal stations will be deployed as soon as it is fully compiled. Stations to be added to this website: Galeta, BCI-Lutz, BCI-Clearing, Sherman, San Jose, Culebra, Ocean Temperature Sensors.
Data quality statement: The quality of the data is recorded on the Datum Status Level (ds) field of the data files. If this field is empty or if it contains an L (Legacy Data) it means that the data is raw data, i.e. it has not been checked for possible errors. For further details on data quality, please consult each station's .pdf document located in the Parameters section.
The following Google Earth file provides a list of all STRI and ACP physical monitoring locations. In addition, the file also includes the official Panamanian Population Center database.