Water Monitoring Program:
One of the most important addictions of the Galapagos Science Center has been the implementation of a Water Quality Program. Thanks to the success of the pilot program last year, we have been able to expand the research and analysis and make this project a long term program, which includes workshops and training hours for students as well as employees of various local institutions. The objective of this project was to implement a Water Quality Monitoring Program of three months in the Island of San Cristobal, Galapagos. The pilot program has been directed by academics and students of the Galapagos Science Center (GSC) in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park and the Municipality of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. With the implementation of various laboratory equipment to measure water quality, we were able to give local training in water analysis techniques. The students at UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as the students of USFQ participated in this project during 6 and 8 weeks respectively.
Community participation was achieved by the enrollment of local students in different activities of the pilot program which included conferences, lab training and sample analysis. The Galapagos National Park participated in the Pilot Program providing transportation and technical support for sampling on beaches. The Municipality of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno became an important ally, with whom we have signed an inter-institutional agreement for technical support for sampling water of the fonts and the distribution system. The participation and support of the Galapagos National Park and the Municipality of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno has contributed greatly to a long term sustainability of the water resources in the Galapagos Islands.
Impact on temperature changes in the development of the larvae of the Green sea urchin and pencil of Galapagos in the island of San Cristobal. As part of this project, the GSC built a set of water tanks that simulate the habitat of the green sea urchin and pencil of Galapagos. Thus, we may adjust the water temperature in each tank. The system consists of 20 water tanks and the water pump system as well as a water cooler and heater. The mesocosms, also includes a surf simulator to recreate the best way possible its natural environment. This project has been very helpful not only to see the effects of the climate change phenomena such as El Niño and La Niña; but also it has become a very dynamic research project for students in Galapagos.
The Center for Galapagos Studies is housed on the fourth floor (Suite 450) of the
Europa Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The street address is 100 Europa Dr. Chapel Hill, NC 27517.
There is ample visitor parking on the upper level of the Europa Center parking deck.
Postal Mail & Packages: Center for Galapagos Studies 100 Europa Drive Suite 450 Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Campus Mail: CB# 3220 UNC – Chapel Hill