Faculty Advisor

Robertson, Thomas B

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


This report addresses the problems in Costa Rican communities during natural disasters and the selection of locations of new weather stations in the Central Pacific Basin. Currently, flash floods and landslides cause a devastating amount of damage, especially to communities that are not warned. Climate change is causing an increase in the number of flash floods and landslides in Costa Rica. There is a need for more weather stations in the Central Pacific Basin to help prevent damage or injury caused by these destructive events. Our goal was to investigate the problems communities face during natural disasters and to choose locations for eighteen new weather stations. This goal was accomplished through interviews and groundtruthing.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2008

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs