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IAGT Student Trip to Panama

Three students from Cayuga Community College recently spent 9 days in Panama learning about Climate Change.  We hope that they will bring back what they learned and apply it to the Finger Lakes area.  See the press release below:


IAGT/Cayuga Community College, Auburn, NY, January 2010:

The Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT), in cooperation with the National Science Foundation and the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) took a group of students on a nine day trip to Panama to study the affects of Climate Change in Latin America.

Project Background:

Amy Work and Nate Krause of IAGT chaperoned five students selected, two from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and three from Cayuga Community College to spend nine days in Panama City, Panama experiencing national parks, rainforests, and local attractions, as well as learning from local experts on the environmental and natural disaster issues facing Latin America.  Each student was required to formulate a question before the trip, and then research their question throughout the week using GIS and the knowledgebase at CATHALAC.  On the final day of their research, each gave a presentation of their findings and plans for future investigations.  Students were required to maintain blogs and photo albums to document their trip and post their presentations.

Cayuga Community College

Aaron O’Connor – Deforestation and Water Quality Within the Panama Canal Watershed

Kara Mariano –    Climate Change and it’s Effects on Indiginous Tribe Land Use

Matthew Lisk - Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Panthera Onca

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Jason Kaufman – How Will Changing Rainfall Rates Affect the Panama Canal?

Joshua Smith – CATHALAC, IAGT, SERVIR:  Information, Education, Cooperation, Innovation

Other Activities:

Day 1 – Travel

Day 2 – Students visited the Miraflores Lockes on the Panama Canal, learned about the history of Panama, visited the Smithsonian Nature Preserve at Amador

Day 3 – Presentations on CATHALAC, visited Parara Puru indigninous tribe,

Day 4 – Presentations:  Climate Change in Mesoamerica, Climate Change:  A Political Response, Introduction to SERVIR, Tour of CATHALAC facilities

Day 5 – Presentations:  Introduction to SERVIR Viz, Biodiversity and Climate Change

Day 6 –  Presentations:  Land Use Change and Disaster Prevention, SERVIR and Disaster Management, Disaster Response, Tour of Casco Viejo (Old Town)

Day 7 –   Presentation:  Air Quality Analysis, field trip to Soberania National Park

Day 8 – field trip to Barro Colorado Research Facility and rain forest

Day 9 - Travel


More Information:

To find out more about the Panama Trip, see the links below, or contact Amy Work at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it