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. 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 3,412 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.

Panama Canal

Location: 9° 16’ 51.71” N, 79° 58’ 28.27” W

Use of crane data in Publications

In order to better track the use of the canopy cranes by researchers, we would like to ask you to include this DOI somewhere in your publication. Use of this DOI is independent of the use of any DOI for specific databases. Thank you.

For a summary of the most recent data collected, plus long-term averages report, please click bellow


ParametersSensor ModelTypeFileMethods
Temperature & RHCAMPBELL SCI. CS215Electronic⬇️⬇️
Solar RadiationLICOR LI200X PYRANOMETERElectronic⬇️⬇️
Sensor manuals in .pdf format are available for download here.

Data Download

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Relative Humidity
(max, min, average)
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Solar Radiation Flux
(max, min, average)
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Temperature (max, min, average) Temperature
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Wind Direction
(vect mean, std. deviation)
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Wind Speed
(max, min, mean horizontal speed)
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Data is available for download here.

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