Science & Services for Caribbean Climate Resilience
In the Caribbean, the economic importance of agriculture and tourism—combined with rural poverty and
That was the theme of a May 2014 workshop in Kingston, Jamaica, convened by the International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) in collaboration with the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology. IRAP—which is funded by NOAA and USAID and led by the University of Arizona and Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society—advances research on climate
The workshop, from which a report is now available, immediately followed the 2014 Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF), an annual event that brings together producers and users of climate information to consider seasonal forecasts for the Caribbean region. The CariCOF and the workshop engaged participants from 28 countries (including the United States) to explore links between the social and physical aspects of climate
- how climate vulnerability varies with the capacity of individual communities for collective action;
- challenges in coordinating disaster
preparednessand response among different sectors;
- how to sustain and improve the CariCOF;
- how to evaluate the efficacy of climate information services; and
- research needs for better understanding and evaluating the end-to-end climate service approach.
The workshop served as the launching point for IRAP’s involvement with the Caribbean region, with the associated report laying the groundwork for continued analysis and engagement.