IRAP Newsletter January 2017

Caribbean
  • 3 Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) scientists visited the University of Arizona (UA) between Jan 23-27 to work on the the data analysis and writing of the user-needs and meteorological service capacity assessments.
  • The manuscript of the “CariCOF synthesis” is in its final iterations and will be submitted soon.
  • The manuscript of the Jamaica climate and coffee leaf rust analysis (based on the focus group discussions) has been sent to co-authors for feedback.
  • The Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) team has been working on initial versions of a curriculum on the understanding and use of climate information. This curriculum will be part of a more comprehensive extension-level and community-level training program that the team will implement in last spring and summer. Members of the team (Zack G., Teddy A., and Chris K.) will visit to Jamaica on Feb 21-23 (plans are still solidifying) to work with local partners on this curriculum and plan the training program events.
  • Simon M. and Teddy A. have generated a second version of the Jamaica rainfall climatologies using improved methods for representing the effects of altitude. 
  • Hannah N., Simon M. and Teddy A. will shortly begin work on a new project with CIMH to assess the climatology and seasonal predictability of heat wave indicators in the Caribbean, funded by CIMH.
  • Marling Juárez (a master student at the Centro de Modelado Científico-Venezuela), Angel M. and Lisa G. finished a time-scale decomposition analysis for the 8 CMIP5 models that best represent key climatic features (e.g., rainfall seasonality) in Central America, northern South America and the Caribbean. The paper is being written.
India
  • Data collection and verification by Jeevika is progressing and nearing conclusion.
  • Jim B., Tauhid R., Andy R. and Nachiketa A. are traveling to Bihar to monitor progress and discuss next steps with Jeevika and the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
  • Hannah N. lectured at a workshop on Climate Impacts on Health in Asia at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi Dec 12-15, 2016. 
Bangladesh
  • There has been some positivity movement on the IRAP Bangladesh proposal submitted to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) last year. According to Salem Huq, USAID is interested in the proposal and will be in communication with Dr. Huq about next steps.
  • The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) has been asked by the World Bank to conduct a scoping project to investigate opportunities in climate and health in Bangladesh. Hannah will work on this with Madeleine Thomson (IRI) beginning in April.
  • Hannah N. presented on IRAP-Bangladesh extreme heat research at the the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting on Jan 25 in Seattle, WA.