In 2017, the Department of Environmental Sciences with the assistance of the Health and Occupational Safety Office of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus completed the digitization of the collection of technical and scientific reports of the former Puerto Rico Nuclear Center (PRNC) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Research (CEER). The PRNC published reports from 1957 to 1976 while CEER sponsored scientific publications from 1976 to 1988. The CEER was administrated by the Office of the President of the University of Puerto Rico. Since 1978, some of the CEER reports were produced by its Terrestrial Ecology Program. In 1988, this program, formally known as the Terrestrial Ecology Division (TED), initiated the Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER or LUQ) with a multi-year grant from the US National Science Foundation, still active today until 2025. In 2001, the TED evolved into the Institute for Tropical Ecosystems Studies of (ITES) within the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Río Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. The PRNC/CEER/ITES developed high-level research on energy, environmental and ecological themes in Puerto Rico during the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the new Millennium. In 2007, ITES celebrated 50 years of research highlighting its trajectory as one of the most active research centers in Puerto Rico. In 2012, ITES became the Department of Environmental Sciences and in 2015 this Department initiated the digitization project of the entire collection of technical reports of PRNC and CEER. This project was completed in 2017 with the online publication of the 345 reports available. The project was completed just before Hurricane Maria destroyed the Facundo Bueso Annex building where the original files were kept. Therefore, this digital collection is the most complete existing today. The PRNC / CEER published a total of 394 published during its existence. The remaining 45 reports were not available in the files evaluated.
We are grateful to Mrs. Eda Meléndez, LTER’s Information Manager, in charge of the digitization project. We hope that this collection serves to further promote energy and environmental research in Puerto Rico at a time when our country is discussing its energy future. The collection can be accessed at the following link: http://sandbox.ites.upr.edu/viewbiblioyearCEER