Bahia Las Minas, Panama Oil Spill Assessment, 1986-1991 (NODC Accession 9400033)

Metadata Updated: February 27, 2019

In April 1986 a major oil spill from a ruptured storage tank at a local refinery just east of the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal polluted an area of coral reefs, mangrove forests, and grassbeds along the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama. The area affected included a biological reserve of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) where baseline biological and environmental data had beencollected for the previous 15 years. Shortly after the spill, a grant to study the effects of the spill was received from the Minerals Management Service of the United States Department of the Interior. Data was then collected from May of 1986 to October of 1991 by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute under Minerals Management Service contracts 14-12-0001-30355 and 14-12-0001-30393. These data are filed under NODC Accession #9400033. Results of the study were published as a technical report of the MMS (Keller and Jackson, 1993.) The project was divided into 8 subprojects to study the chemistry of the oil and 7 different environments affected by the spill, which included seagrass, coral, and mangrove communities. The study continued in part for an additional year under another grant, but that data is not included here, nor is data collected before the spill or data collected by the STRI ESP program.

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Metadata Date June 9, 2014
Metadata Created Date September 27, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) December 18, 2010 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date June 9, 2014
Metadata Created Date September 27, 2015
Metadata Updated Date February 27, 2019
Reference Date(s) December 18, 2010 (publication)
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Access Constraints Cite as: Duke, Norman; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (2010). Bahia Las Minas, Panama Oil Spill Assessment, 1986-1991 (NODC Accession 9400033). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date], NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
Bbox East Long -79
Bbox North Lat 10
Bbox South Lat 9.2
Bbox West Long -80
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Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Guid gov.noaa.nodc:9400033
Harvest Object Id 5280eace-962d-4267-ae6e-426616496f7c
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Licence accessLevel: Public
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
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Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1986-05-01
Temporal Extent End 1991-10-31

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