PACS-SONET Extension due to El Niño
1997 - 1998

Flooded river near Guayaquil, Ecuador, December 1997 Flooded river near Guayaquil, Ecuador Street flooding in Guayaquil, Ecuador Salinas Beach Resort, Ecuador. A pilot balloon site was installed close to this location, in Ancon
Inflating a balloon. Observations are being made at the facilities of ESPOL's oil field with the cooperation of Ing. Washington Villacis. In the picture (left to right) Michael Douglas, Manuel Herrera and Simon Muñoz (observers) and Freddy Hernandez, Susy Marin and Indira Nolivos (students from ESPOL). Getting ready to launch a balloon. In the picture (left to right) Simon Muñoz, Freddy Hernandez, Manuel Herrera and Michael Douglas. Pilot balloon training in Ancon, Ecuador, at the ESPOL oil field facility. Inflating a balloon in Tumbes, Peru. The observations are being made by members of the Hydrological project Rivers Puyango-Tumbes.
Getting ready to launch a pilot balloon in Tumbes, Peru Discussing the PACS SONET project with members of the Nacional University of Trujillo. The observations are being made at the National University of Trujillo campus with the help of Dr. Carlos Bocanegra (middle of the picture) who is coordinating this activity in Trujillo. Getting ready to launch a balloon. In the picture (left to right) Carlos Bocanegra, Norma Ordinola and helper. Members of the radio observatory from the Geophysics Institute of Peru making a pilot a balloon observation in Ancon (~40 miles north of Lima).
Setting up a raingauge in the Sechura desert. In the picture (from left to right) the observer, Norma Ordinola from the University of Piura and Michael Douglas from the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Installation in the Sechura desert south of Piura on the Piura-Chiclayo road. Installation at the Sechura desert. Installation at the Sechura desert.
Installation at the Sechura desert. Installation at the Sechura desert. Installation at the Sechura desert. Distributing raingauges radio operators of health of the Cajamarca region. In the picture Rosario Douglas and Norma Ordinola.
Health center in Mancora (north of Piura) one of many where raingauges have been installed. Public health officials have been very cooperative in this effort because they want to correlate amount of rainfall to disease outbreaks in the region. Raingauge installation north of Piura near the twon of Querecotillo. In the picture we have: Ing. Norma Ordinola, Ing. Moisés Castillo, Manuel Muñoz Moreno (public health official helping install the raingauges health centers) and the local observers. The correct date is December 26 1997. Raingauge installation north of Piura near the twon of Querecotillo. In the picture we have: Ing. Norma Ordinola, Ing. Moisés Castillo, Manuel Muñoz Moreno (public health official helping install the raingauges health centers) and the local observers. The correct date is December 26 1997. Sechura desert and native vegetation.
Sechura desert south towards Lima. Central Peru's desert. Central Peru's desert. Central Peru's desert.
Sechura desert. This picture shows Rosario Douglas looking at a native cactus (Haageocereus repens) found a few km south of Trujillo, and one of the few plants that lives in this sea of sand.