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SECARIBE: Investigating the Connections Between Caribbean Droughts and the Saharan Dust

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Imagen de satélite compuesta mostrando el desplazamiento del polvo del Sahara a la región del Caribe para Junio 15 de 2015. Imagen cortesía de NASA Worldview.

In 2015, 75 out of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico were significantly affected by a drought that caused severe shortages and rationing in potable water supplies. According to the US Drought Monitor, this has been the longest drought in these islands since 2000, when formal recording of these events began. This drought lasted about 80 weeks both in Puerto Rico and other islands of the Caribbean.

Scientists capture El Yunque's history

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Keila López Alicea

El Yunque National Forest has more than 1,000 species of plants, 164 species of animals, and some of its oldest trees have been around for over 1,000 years. For the first time scientists have captured all of the data, scientific students and curiosities about this tropical rainforest in the new Atlas of El Yunque National Forest.

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NSF awards $3.9 millions to the Natural Sciences Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded almost four million dollars over three years to the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus in order to fund the project: Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER): Understanding Ecosystem Change in Northeastern Puerto Rico.

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Global Warming effects observed at El Yunque National Forest

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Cristian Arroyo

A group of experts began observing the effects of global warming in the humid and tropical system of El Yunque. Dr. Tana Wood and her team will evaluate how ecosystems like El Yunque will repond to increasing temperatures through the resarch project TRACE.

For more information, updates and progress of the project please visit the webpage: forestwarming.org.

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Challenging to protect the National Forest El Yunque

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Engineer Pablo Cruz Morales speaks about the challenges to protect the National Forest El Yunque. To read the full article, visit the Spanish version of this site.

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Scientists will study climate change in El Yunque

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

The International Dasonomy Institute will begin a research project which will artificially increase the temperature in four differente areas of El Yunque to study the effects of global warming.

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Biologist has been collecting microarthropods for 14 years

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

María M. Rivera and her team at the Dasonomy Institute have been studying microarthropods in El Yunque for 14 years.

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Champions in decomposition, the microbes of El Yunque

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Gerardo E. Alvarado León

Microbes are fundamental for helping nature to recover after a naural disaster such as a hurricane.

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Scientists report first hatching of Puerto Rican parrots in the wild outside of El Yunque

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Carmen Guerrero Pérez, secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Cynthia K. Dohner, the director of the Southeast region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Liz Agpaoa, forester for the Southeast region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, announced that two Puerto Rican parrots were hatched in a natural nest in the wild outside of El Yunque, a milestone in 144 years.

 

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