Longstanding Projects & Equipment

Notable projects and equipment include the following:

  • A 10-m meteorological tower installed in 2012 measures air temperature and relative humidity at the 2- and 10-m heights, wind speed and direction at 10 m, solar radiation at 10 m, and barometric pressure. These data are publicly accessible on the Soltis Center website.
 
  • Four permanent tree plots with each tree being tagged, identified to species, and measured for diameter. Two more at the Estacion Pocosol supply an altitudinal comparison. These are remeasured every 2 to 5 years for to evaluate tree growth and losses over time and estimate forest productivity.
 
  • Sensors on a 40-meter walk-up canopy tower installed in 2012 include 3 eddy covariance systems, temperature and humidity sensors, net radiometers, and leaf wetness sensors at multiple heights to provide flux measurements New King Cricket species discovered on the Soltis Center property. 30 of energy, carbon, and hydrometeorological variables. This tower has also a tree plot at its base with the same inventory as the other tree plots and long term monitoring of tree water use with sap flow sensors.
 
  • A weir dam constructed in 2012 monitors hourly discharge from the main watershed
 
  • Weather station network along the altitudinal gradient of the Peñas Blancas river
 
  • A basic geographic information system (GIS) database for the region ​ 
 
 
“Creating global curiosity is what we’re really asking our administration to do. And I think it’s resulted in a site like the Soltis Center that provides students with backgrounds in different types of colleges with the opportunity to experience a different culture, a different setting, with different professors.” 

Mr. Rey Spinelli,
Chairman of the International Board