Barbados to Host International Meeting on New High-Resolution Weather Satellites and Their Role in Monitoring Climate Change

Next week, the world’s leading meteorological satellite training experts will meet in Barbados (May 9 – 13, 2016) to discuss how the Next Generation of high-resolution satellites will help countries and regions, including Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), improve how they track extreme weather and monitor climate change.

Officially called the Eighth Virtual Laboratory for Training and Education in Satellite Meteorology (VLab) Management Group Meeting (VLMG-8), the week-long event will be hosted at the Husbands, St. James campus of the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Participating VLab members will represent Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Morocco, South Africa and the United States.

The focus of VLMG-8 will be a new generation of meteorological and environmental satellites that will be put into service over the next five years. These new satellites will revolutionize how meteorological offices inform and prepare the communities they serve: from day-to-day forecasts to decadal climate predictions. The system offers high-resolution imagery that will improve the tracking of storms, the monitoring of floods and drought, and the mitigation of disasters at community, national and regional levels.