Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday 7th December 2015 – In collaboration with the World Meterological Organization (WMO), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of the Environment, Government of Canada and the Iternational Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the 2015 Dry Season CariCOF was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Thursday 26th– Friday 27th November 2015.
The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) hosted a two-day conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort under the heading, “How can we improve the way we communicate climate forecast information to decision-makers in the Caribbean?”
An overwhelming crowd of meteorological officers and services from the various Caribbean islands and media groups from around the Caribbean including Caribbean Media Group, ZIZ, WINN FM swarmed the Marriott dome in hopes of creating initiatives to cope with the inclement drought experienced in the Caribbean
The forum was lead by a group of featured panelist namely; David Eades, BBC reporter (Host/Moderator), Adrian Trotman – Caribbean Institute for Meterology and Hydrology, Ean Wallace -Weather Anchor at Caribbean News Media Group out of Trinidad & Tobago, Gusland McCook of Jamaica’s Coffee Industry Board, Elmo Burke – Senior Met Officer of the St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority and a guest representative from the Belize Energy sector.
Vincere Benjamin, SCASPA’s Meteorological Officer II briefed the audience on Climate Outlook; Drought and Precipitation for the next six (6) months. Ms. Benjamin, duly assisted by Elmo Burke, made clear mention that the drought experienced this year has been the worst compared to last year, and that even though Hurricane Season has past, the drought may very well still continue into early next year.
The objective of hosting such vital conference was to introduce the technical (Meteorological and climatological) personnel to a new climate software and expose them on how communicate climate information to different stakeholders. Moreover it awarded the opportunity to engage the stakeholders from key climate sensitive sectors about the climate products and services coming out of CariCOF.
The workshop, preceded by the forum, provided training for the meteorological and climatologically personnel with a view to inculcating media communication expertise.
St. Kitts, classified as a drought-prone island, was able to successfully host this year’s Dry CariCOF through the St. Christopher Air & Sea Ports Authority.