IRAP Newsletter May 2017


  • Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) team is developing the curriculum/agendas for community workshops, refining climate and weather communication tools (e.g. texts and bulletins), and working to schedule the workshops. The current plan is to conduct 6 workshops for 9 communities in June and again in August and later in the fall.
  • The IRAP team has received a revision of our joint analysis of the capacity of Caribbean National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to provide climate services. We are negotiating with Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) on next steps.
  • Andrea G. and Simon M. are leading an analysis on metrics for measuring progress and outcomes of regional Climate Outlook Forum events. The analysis has been outlined and a number of collaborators, IRAP and beyond, are contributing to the content.
  • The IRAP team provided held heat wave and exceedance probability/flexible forecast training to the Caribbean community leading up to the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) in June.


  • Lisa G., John Furlow (IRI), along with Jim B. and Zack G. met with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) staff in Washington D.C. to discuss IRAP. The discussion also involved A.R. Subbiah, director, RIMES Program Unit, for potential IRAP work that could collaborate through RIMES engagement in India.


  • Simon M. of IRI spent four weeks at the University of Arizona (U of A) and routinely met with several members of the IRAP team at U of A to advance a short academic article discussing evaluation metrics for RCOFs specifically and more generally RCOF-like activities.
  • Diana L. attended a workshop organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute on the Governance of Climate Adaptation in Sweden in May and gave a keynote on Governing Adaptation in the Americas. In early June she attended the second lead authors meeting for the IPCC Special Report on 1.5 ℃.
  • Andrea G., Zack G., and Chris S. presented their methodology for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) Mid-Term Review to the Informal Session of the GFCS Management Committee. The methodology was well received. They have begun interviews with numerous actors within the GFCS network.