© 2005

The Río Chagres, Panama

A Multidisciplinary Profile of a Tropical Watershed

  • Russell S. Harmon

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Eugene J. Palka
      Pages 3-18
    2. Russell S. Harmon
      Pages 19-28
    3. Russell S.Harmon
      Pages 45-62
  3. The Upper Río Chagres Basin

    1. Gerhard Wörner, Russell S. Harmon, Gerald Hartmann, Klaus Simon
      Pages 65-81
    2. David Kinner, Helena Mitasova, Robert Stallard, Russell S. Harmon, Laura Toma
      Pages 83-95
    3. J. Bruce J. Harrison, Jan M.H. Hendrickx, David Vega, Lucas E. Calvo-Gobbetti
      Pages 97-112
    4. Jan M.H. Hendrickx, David Vega, J. Bruce J. Harrison, Lucas E. Calvo Gobbetti, Pedro Rojas, Timothy W. Miller
      Pages 113-138
    5. Lucas E. Calvo, Fred L. Ogden, Jan M.H. Hendrickx
      Pages 139-147
    6. Justin M. Niedzialek, Fred L. Ogden
      Pages 149-168
    7. Ellen Wohl, Gregory Springer
      Pages 189-209
    8. Rolando Pérez, Salomón Aguilar, Agustín Somoza, Richard Condit, Israel Tejada, Clara Camargo et al.
      Pages 227-235
  4. The Regional Perspective

    1. Christopher W. Dick, Richard Condit, Eldridge Bermingham
      Pages 259-269
    2. Sievert Rohwer, Robert C. Faucett
      Pages 271-280

About this book


This book calls the attention of the scientific community, government organizations and non-government agencies, and the general public, to arguably one of the most important and complex of the world’s tropical rainforest regions – the greater Panama Canal Watershed. The Río Chagres basin is the primary source for water to operate the Panama Canal, and also supplies water for electricity generation and potable water for municipal use, but this important national resource is largely unstudied from a scientific standpoint. The broad objective of the book is to characterize and understand the physical and ecological components of an isolated and largely pristine tropical rainforest and describe how the different natural components of a tropical rainforest interact with one another. The majority of the 23 papers contained in the volume are based upon presentations made at an international scientific symposium of the same title held at the Gamboá Rainforest Resort and Conference Center in Gamboá, Panama on 24-26 February 2003. In turn, most of the symposium presentations arose form research undertaken during a multidisciplinary field study conducted in the upper Río Chagres watershed in 2001 by an international group of scientists. Convened under sponsorship of the Autoridad del Canal de Panama, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Universidad Tecnológica de Panama and US Army Yuma Proving Ground Tropic Regions Test Center, this conference brought together some 50 scientists, engineers, and government officials from the international community.


Filtration Geoinformationssysteme Infiltration Rainforest amphibians chemistry erosion forest geochemistry geology geomorphology hydrology network analysis remote sensing reptiles

Editors and affiliations

  • Russell S. Harmon
    • 1
  1. 1.Army Research OfficeResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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