Projects

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is involved in a number of cooperative projects with various training and research institutions. The goals of these cooperative efforts are to enhance the training and research capability of the Institute and to upgrade the knowledge and skills of its staff through the use of new technologies. The CIMH is also involved in a number of development projects in the region, working with various funding agencies. These projects utilise the expertise of the staff in a wide range of fields.

Below is a summary of some of the projects in which the CIMH is currently involved.

  • Programme for Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean (BRCCC PROGRAMME)
  • Strengthening Resilience and Coping Capacities in the Caribbean through Integrated Early Warning Systems
  • Establishment of Regional Capacity and Expertise for Addressing the Impacts of Future Climate Change on Energy Demand in CARICOM Countries
  • Programme for Implementing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) at Regional and National Scales
  • Sustainable Water Management under Climate Change in Small Island States of the Caribbean (Water-aCCSIS) Project

Other Projects

  • Pilot Project for Climate Resilience (PPCR) – Regional Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR)
  • Academic Agreement between UNAVCO and CIMH
  • Establishment of Regional Capacity and Expertise for Addressing the Impacts of Future Climate Change on Energy Demand in CARICOM Countries

Programme for Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean
(BRCCC PROGRAMME)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognizing the importance of delivering sustained quality climate services and products to the sustainable development of the Caribbean, has awarded a grant of $5,085,000 USD to the World Meteorological Organization as executing agency for the implementation of the Programme for Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean” by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology. The three (3) year programme which launched in March, 2014, seeks to enhance the core capabilities of the CIMH and facilitate the development of the WMO Regional Climate Centre for the Caribbean being hosted. These objectives will be realized through:

  • Institutional enhancements;
  • Increasing the range of products and services delivered to stakeholders,
  • Enhancement of human and technical capacities at the CIMH and in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS);
  • Improvement of service delivery mechanisms to national, regional and international stakeholders.

The outcomes and outputs from this programme will contribute to the sustainable development of Caribbean SIDS by supporting the region’s initiatives related to (i) adaptation to climate change and increasing climate variability and (ii) disaster risk reduction.

The key Outputs include:

  1. Enhanced capacity at the CIMH and across the Caribbean to effectively convert climate data to products and services to better inform decision-making in key critical climate sensitive sectors;
  2. Enhancement of the CIMH climate monitoring/forecasting, feeding into early-warning systems, and improvement of data acquisition networks across the Caribbean;
  3. Establishment of the Caribbean Environmental and Climate Computational Centre to provide CIMH staff and regional scientists with the necessary resources to simulate regional environmental and climate processes to better inform regional decision making in areas of disaster risk reduction, water resources management and adaptation to climate change and increasing climate variability;
  4. Enhancement of the infrastructure at the CIMH to enable it to sustain it core activities as well as the activities envisioned as an RCC under the GFCS;
  5. Initiating of a “greening” programme at the CIMH.

Strengthening Resilience and Coping Capacities in the Caribbean through Integrated Early Warning Systems

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology has been involved with the installation of Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS) designed to issue alerts based on the comparison of observations to pre-defined thresholds. There is a need for integration of such systems to improve EWS through sustained dissemination of information and public alerting protocols.

The objective of the project being funded by the United Nations Development Programme is to install and commission hydro-meteorological related, CAP-compliant early warning systems. The outputs are:

  1. CAP compliant hydro-meteorological related EWS for target watersheds
  2. Network of hydro-meteorological related stations reporting to the Caribbean Dewetra Platform

The goal will be obtained through the following activities:

  1. Site visits and stakeholder consultations
  2. Instrument procurement and site preparation
  3. Configuration and commissioning of monitoring stations
  4. Data archiving facility
  5. Capacity building and public awareness activities
  6. Ongoing monitoring and technical support

Establishment of Regional Capacity and Expertise for Addressing the Impacts of Future Climate Change on Energy Demand in CARICOM Countries

The objective of the project which is being funded by the Japan-CARICOM Friendship and Cooperation is to develop regional capacity to assess the impacts of climate change and climate variability on future energy demand through the development and demonstration of an integrated quantitative methodology. The project will be piloted in Barbados, Dominica and Guyana with all Member States of the Caribbean Community benefitting from the outcomes.

Project Goal

To enhance capacity and capability within the Caribbean Community to adequately inform national and regional decision-makers, policy specialist and utility companies of the likely impacts of climate change and climate variability on the energy sector in the Caribbean.

Expected Outputs

The expected outputs of the project are:

  1. A framework and implementation procedure for evaluating the impacts of future climate change and climate variability on energy demand and supply in CARICOM countries.
  2. Demonstration of the framework using data from three (3) pilot countries (Barbados, Guyana and Dominica)
  3. Technology transfer between local, regional and international organizations.
  4. Capacity development within the Caribbean region to address the impacts of climate change on energy demand and supply in the region.

Programme for Implementing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) at Regional and National Scales

The programme Implementing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) at Regional and National Scales is funded by a grant from Canada with the World Meteorological Organization being the executing partner. The aim is to enhance resilience in social, economic and environmental systems to climate variability and change.

The outputs of the Programme being implemented by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology are:

  • Reporting on the status of climate capacity of the Caribbean Small Islands Developing States
  • Identifying opportunities for leveraging functional cascading mechanisms towards improved climate data/information flows between regional and national levels
  • Hosting Training Workshop on CLIMPACT package for generating Climate Risk and Sector Specific Indices for Caribbean (18 countries)
  • Implementing Climate Services Toolkits on a Pilot basis Caribbean (in-country training in 3 selected countries)
  • Enhancing RCOF quality in the Caribbean (CariCOF)
  • Hosting two (2) physical Regional Climate Outlook Fora per year
  • Supporting the NCOF process in the Caribbean (3-4 countries per year – Belize, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and (Guyana)).