The Fort Sherman/San Lorenzo (FTS) station is situated in for former US military base of Fort Sherman, north of Panama City and west of the city of Colon near the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal (9Â° 16â 51.71â N, 79Â° 58â 28.27â W). The PCNC occupies a territory of approximately 1 1/2 hectares and offers visitors an open-air museum focusing mainly on marine science and education, conservation and interpretation of marine coastal environments. In addition to the surrounding marine environment, the PCNC also has one of the few remain patches of tropical dry forest in the area.
The area of the PCNC experiences a 3-4-month long dry season during which only 200-400 mm can be expected. In addition, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind speed and direction all show marked wet/dry season differences. On the other hand, temperature varies relatively little throughout the year.
The second crane facility is installed in a wet evergreen forest at Parque Nacional San Lorenzo on the Caribbean coast. This forest receives about 3,300 mm of rainfall per year. Hence, a steep rainfall gradient occurs between the two crane locations and the species composition of the two forests are very different. The PNSL crane is 52 meters tall with a radius of 54 meters, and can reach approximately 180 species of trees and lianas.
The station consists of a fully automated climate station recording oceanographic and meteorological data, including: Solar Radiation, Rain, Wind Speed and direction.
For a summary of the most recent data collected, plus long-term averages report, please click on the following link:
FTS Met Report 2017.pdf
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