CIMH Training Programmes

An Overview

Since the first training course which commenced in 1968, more than 1500 students have been trained at the Institute in the various branches of meteorology, while more than 200 have been trained in hydrology since the inception of this program in 1982. Students for these courses come from the sixteen member countries of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO), as well as from non-member countries such as the Bahamas, Suriname, and some African countries. The training program is designed to ensure that meteorology and hydrology make their maximum contribution to the economic development of the region.

The meteorology program is conducted at the four WMO classified levels. The hydrology program is offered at the two WMO classified levels. The programs are designed to upgrade the skills of personnel working in the field of water resources at the operational level. The Institute also offers a number of short specialized courses and workshops aimed at upgrading the skills and expertise of experienced meteorologists and hydrologists.

Available Courses in Meteorology and Hydrology

Meteorology

BSc. Meteorology

This program is conducted in association with the University of the West Indies. Students in this program are fully registered at the University but receive instruction in meteorology from staff of the Institute.

Topics covered in this course are:

Year 1

  • Introduction to physical meteorology and weather observations
  • Introduction to dynamic meteorology and weather systems
  • Oceans and climate
  • Climate change education and awareness

Year 2

  • Thermodynamics and cloud physics
  • Atmospheric radiation, optics, electricity and ozone
  • Dynamic meteorology
  • Mid-latitude synoptic meteorology
  • Hydrometeorology

Year 3

  • Advanced dynamic meteorology
  • Advanced synoptic meteorology
  • Tropical meteorology
  • Weather radars and satellites
  • Bioclimatology

For information on the regulations and syllabuses of the degree programme please refer to the handbook of the Faculty for Pure and Applied Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados available at http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu

Operational Aeronautical Forecasters Course

Graduates of this course are expected to:

·  Analyze and interpret synoptic weather charts and diagrams depicting current weather conditions.
·  Identify the physical and dynamical processes creating the weather conditions and be able to predict what conditions will evolve from the effects of these processes
·  Interpret and use NWP products in the prediction of the weather
·  Interpret satellite imagery and use these in analysis and forecasting
·  Prepare terminal and other forecasts for aviation and prepare documentation for use in flight planning and aircraft movement
·  Know the weather conditions which are hazardous to the movement of aircraft and be able to predict these conditions
·  Familiarize themselves  with the relevant ICAO and WMO standards, recommended practices and codes relating to aviation

Topics covered in this course are:

Aeronautical Meteorology

  • Meteorological phenomena hazardous to aviation
  • Meteorological aspects of flight planning
  • Aviation knowledge
  • Procedures for meteorological services for international air navigation.
  • Air traffic services .
  • Familiarisation with relevant WMO and ICAO documents

Synoptic Meteorology Analysis

  • Analysis of surface and constant pressure charts
  • Streamline analysis
  • Thermodynamic chart analysis
  • Familiarisation with and use of numerical weather prediction products in analysis and forecasting

Forecast Office Simulation and Current Weather Discussions

  • Forecasting techniques
  • Analysis of real time data
  • Preparation and writing of local and regional forecasts
  • Briefings and preparation of flight documentation
  • Preparation of terminal and other aviation forecasts
  • Examination, description and use of numerical model output data
  • Weather discussion and oral presentations

Senior-Level Technician

Graduates of this course are expected to:

  • Know and understand the main physical and dynamical processes and phenomena associated with weather at all scales
  • Analyze and interpret synoptic weather charts and diagrams depicting current weather conditions.
  • Identify the physical and dynamical processes creating the weather conditions and be able to predict what conditions will evolve from the effects of these processes
  • Interpret and use NWP products in the prediction of the weather
  • Interpret satellite imagery and use these in analysis and forecasting
  • Prepare terminal and other forecasts for aviation and prepare documentation for use in flight planning and aircraft movement
  • Know the weather conditions which are hazardous to the movement of aircraft and be able to predict these conditions
  • Familiarise themselves with the relevant ICAO and WMO standards, recommended practices and codes relating to aviation

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Basic physics
  • Mathematics
    –  Differential and integral calculus
    –  Vector analysis
    –  Elementary differential equations
  • Elementary statistics
  • Introduction to meteorology and analysis
  • Introduction to oceanography
  • Climatology
  • GIS
  • Atmospheric thermodynamics and cloud physics
  • Heat Balance of the earth-atmosphere system
  • Basic atmospheric optics, electricity and ozone
  • Dynamics of motion systems
    –  The conservation laws
    –  Circulation and vorticity equations
    –  The planetary boundary layer
  • Introduction to numerical weather prediction
  • The general circulation
  • Synoptic meteorology of mid-latitude systems
  • Synoptic meteorology of  the tropics
  • Interpretation of satellite imagery
  • Principles of  weather radar
  • Tropical meteorology
  • Aeronautical meteorology
  • Interpretation and operational use of numerical weather prediction products in weather analysis
  • Preparation of aviation forecasts and documentation; briefings
  • Preparation of local and regional forecasts

Mid-Level Technician

This course is intended for experienced observers who are expected to supervise and instruct Entry-level technicians and assist higher level personnel with the processing of data and in the preparation of meteorological and other information. Graduates are expected to:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the observing, recording and use of meteorological and other data
  • Quality control data and complete simple statistical and other analysis of the data
  • Prepare summaries and reports of the analysed data
  • Assist with field and other experiments in the areas of specialisation
  • Inspect and set-up weather observation sites
  • Maintain, repair and calibrate relevant meteorological instruments

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • General Meteorology
  • Instruments and Observations
  • Statistics
  • Aeronautical Meteorology
  • GIS

Students may then specialize in one of the following areas:

Applications of meteorology

  • climatology
  • hydrometeorology
  • agrometeorology

Instrument maintenance and repair

  • review of instruments and observations
  • electricity
  • electronics
  • principles of meteorological instruments
  • technical practices

Instrument maintenance and repair

  • review of instruments and observations
  • electricity
  • electronics
  • principles of meteorological instruments
  • technical practices

Entry-Level Technician

This course for observers is intended to provide basic meteorological knowledge and practice in weather observing procedures and in the plotting of synoptic and aviation reports. On completion of the course participants are expected to:

  • Be familiar with the procedures and rules governing the coding and recording of different weather elements
  • Accurately code and decode synoptic upper air and aviation reports
  • Disseminate meteorological reports
  • Plot data on surface synoptic charts, upper air charts and thermodynamic diagrams
  • Input into a spreadsheet or on forms extracted, hourly and daily data
  • Maintain relevant meteorological instruments

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observing
  • Meteorological Codes
  • Aeronautical  Meteorology
  • General Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Applications of Meteorology
Hydrology

Diploma in Hydrology

This course is designed to train personnel for the hydrological services in ground water and surface water techniques.  On completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the basic principles involved in hydrology. In particular, students will be able to perform meaningful hydrological analyses to support integrated water resources management. Field work is normally conducted outside of Barbados. Technicians completing the Diploma in Hydrology course successfully are expected to:

  • Perform basic precipitation analyses;
  • Measure the relevant hydrological cycle components;
  • Estimate the relevant hydrological cycle components using empirical formulae;
  • Perform rainfall frequency analysis;
  • Estimate the return period associated with precipitation events;
  • Describe hydrologic simulation;
  • Calibrate and use simple rainfall-runoff models.
  • Supervise Hydrological Observers and Hydrological Technicians
  • Assist hydrologists in operations and research
  • Collaborate with agencies in practical aspects of surface and ground water utilization

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • General hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Water quality
  • Statistics
  • Hydrometry
  • Data collection and processing
  • Hydraulics
  • Computer programming
  • Surveying
  • Water resources management
  • GIS
  • Rainfall-runoff modeling
  • Groundwater modeling

Special topics

  • Radar and Satellite meteorology
  • Agrometeorology
  • Tropical meteorology

Hydrological Technicians

This course is designed for hydrological technicians in areas of ground and surface water, acquisition and analysis of data. Field work is normally conducted outside of Barbados. Technicians completing the Hydrological Technicians’ Course successfully are expected to:

  • Work with and assist observer level technicians in the field of work but under guidance of experienced technicians and/or hydrologists.
  • Undertake primary screening of hydrological data; carry out simple analyses and be able to store and retrieve data.
  • Assist experienced technicians and/or hydrologists in research

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • General Meteorology
  • Statistics
  • Instruments and Observations
  • General hydrology
  • Hydraulics
  • Water quality
  • Hydrogeology
  • Data collection, storage and processing
  • Hydrometry
  • Surveying

Hydrological Observers

This course is designed to train hydrological observers. Technicians completing the observer level course successfully would be able to do the following:

  • Carry out hydrometeorological observations and measurements
  • Assist in the compiling and dissemination of hydrological data and information
  • Database entry and retrieval
  • Plot and edit data
  • Assist with field work

Admission for Training

Candidates who are Government employees and are seeking admission to any of the courses at the Institute should do so through the Heads of their Department. Other candidates may write directly to the Institute.

All candidates for the BSc degree program should write directly to the University.

The addresses are:

The Principal
Caribbean Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology
P.O. Box 130
Bridgetown
BARBADOS
The Assistant Registrar
Admissions Section
Cave Hill Campus
University of the West Indies
P.O. Box 64
Bridgetown
BARBADOS