CIMH launches 2016 Caribbean Climate Models Calendar to raise awareness of regional climate research
In an effort to build greater awareness of climate research and development activities in the Caribbean, regional climate services provider the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has released a 2016 calendar highlighting leading Caribbean climate scientists who have made significant impacts in the region and around the world.
Styled to reflect the colourful nature of the Caribbean islands, the calendar pays tribute to a different climate scientist each month by describing how his or her work has contributed to society’s understanding of weather, climate and change in the Caribbean region and beyond. Each month also includes a photo of the featured climate model posing against a backdrop related to his or her professional interest, as well as a cartoon caricature.
Featured climate scientists include:
• Roger Pulwarty, Senior Advisor for Climate Research and Director of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As a regular advisor to the U.S. Congress, CARICOM, the UN and the World Bank, Pulwarty is globally recognized for his work on climate, social and environmental vulnerability and climate services.
• Michael Taylor, Director of the Climate Studies Group Mona and Professor at the Department of Physics at UWI Mona. A leader in climate research in the Caribbean, Taylor is an expert in tropical meteorology whose primary interest is atmospheric responses to natural and human-caused triggers.
• Adrian Trotman, Chief of Applied Meteorology and Climatology at CIMH. In 2009, Trotman founded the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network, a system which continues to monitor and forecast drought and wet episodes in the region.
• Ulric Trotz, Deputy Director and Science Advisor at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. An internationally renowned expert on climate adaptation, Trotz was a Review Editor for the Small Islands chapter for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change.
• Kim Whitehall, Scientific Applications Software Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA/CalTech. A former CIMH climatologist, Whitehall is best known for her cloud-tracking work to identify and monitor weather systems to analyse their dynamics and characteristics.
“There is a lot of activity surrounding climate and climate change information provision in the Caribbean that I suspect many are not aware of. There are also Caribbean persons that have achieved much in science,” explains Adrian Trotman, Chief of Applied Meteorology and Climatology at CIMH and January calendar model. “In a very attractive way, this calendar brings the activities and achievements to the fore for the awareness of our Caribbean public.”
Each month also highlights a different climate product offered by CIMH’s Caribbean Regional Climate Centre (RCC) to inform risk-based decision-making among the region’s six climate-sensitive sectors (agriculture, disaster risk management, energy, health, water and tourism). Featured climate products include The Caribbean Drought Bulletin, The Caribbean Coral Reef Watch Bulletin and the Climate Impacts Database, which are all available on the RCC website.
“People generally associate climate science with boring scientific papers,” explains Shelly-Ann Cox, Research Associate at CIMH and Co-Creative Director of the calendar. “We tried to change that misconception by humanizing the scientists behind the amazing climate research being done in the region that has implications to our key economic sectors. In a creative way, the calendar shows how their work helps to increase the region’s resilience to climate risks.”