Program Details

Program Dates:

May 27 - June 27, 2014

Location: UAH and Panama (outside Panama City). See on a map

CATHALAC headquarters are located across from the Panama Canal in the City of Knowledge (in Spanish, Ciudad del Saber), an area that has become an international complex for education, research and innovation developed to promote and facilitate synergy between universities, scientific research centers, businesses and international organizations.

CATHALAC possesses the largest geospatial and satellite information database in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean.

NASA’s Regional Visualization & Monitoring System (SERVIR) is headquartered at CATHALAC and serves as a technological hub and incubator, and provides real-time and near real-time data and information related to disasters, human health, energy, climate, weather, ecosystems, agriculture, and biodiversity.

Governments, local people, schools, scientists, and international agencies use CATHALAC's work to prepare for disasters, perform research, create policies, and more.

CATHALAC works with a range of global partners, including NASA, USAID, the World Bank, and UNEP, among others. The Center also collaborates with academic and higher education institutions such as the University of Alabama in Huntsville ESSC, IRI of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, McGill University, Laval University, University of Gottingen, University of Maryland, Dartmouth University, IAGT at Cayuga Community College, University of Mississippi, University of South Florida, and others.

Students will have the opportunity to explore firsthand the diverse direct and indirect effects of a changing climate on natural and human systems. Students are encouraged both individually and as a group to delve into complex topics and address challenging questions relevant to contemporary regional and national climate change problems. CATHALAC provides knowledgeable, experienced professionals who guide and mentor students in their learning process. This unique program offers university students and young professionals the opportunity to experience a new culture while conducting research and working towards promoting sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Academic Requirements: Applicants must have successfully completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate work. Basic Spanish proficiency is plus, but NOT a must.

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