IRAP Newsletter March 2017

  • Group calls are being held weekly to plan for the upcoming “training of the trainers” workshop in Jamaica on April 19-20.
  • The Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) team is working towards formalizing a relationship with Dr. Donovan Campbell (UWI Geography faculty member), who will be our local lead during the summer workshop training program.
  • The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)/University of Arizona (UA) social science group have made progress on a collaborative paper “Fit for Purpose: Assessing the National Meteorology and Hydrology Services capacity for climate services.” UA is awaiting CIMH’s comments on the draft before another round of revisions occurs.

India – Bihar

  • The IRAP-JEEVIKA project in Bihar is progressing as planned. Household and village baseline data collection is complete; analysis to be completed by end of March. Detailed intervention plan, implementation protocols, and a revised concept note being produced by Tauhid R. and Andy R. Specific climate products, mode and medium of provision to be agreed upon around the first of April.
  • A Training of the Trainers is being set up for April/May. JEEVIKA will lead this component. If possible, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Weather Service (NOAA-NWS) International Desk personnel will be invited to be involved.
  • IRI is currently working on “map rooms” for the IRAP-JEEVIKA project. Climate information “intervention” will begin May and will focus on the summer monsoon (which usually begins around mid-June).

India – Other

  • Additional opportunities for IRAP in India are being explored.
  • Hannah N. will attend an IPCC pre-scoping meeting in Nairobi, 5-7th April. The objectives are to guide the IPCC scoping process around framing of risk, involvement of decision- and policy-makers, and focus on the most vulnerable
  • Members of the IRAP team—Andrea G. and Christina G.—will chair two sessions (session 1, session 2) on climate services at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Boston the first week of April. Other co-conveners are from CLIMAS and UCLA.
  • The World Meteorology Organization (WMO) has asked Andrea G., Chris K., and Zack G. to lead their Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Mid-term Review; the review will occur over a 6 month period. This opportunity reflects well on the work IRAP has done and its reputation. The team is still finalizing the scope of work and contract terms. 

Team News

  • Members of the IRAP teams convened for the annual Spring Meeting March 19-31, 2017 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Simon M. is planning on spending 3-4 weeks at the UA from April 26 – May 17.