IRAP Newsletter October 2016

Caribbean
  • Zack G. and Tim F. are working on first draft of a manuscript that presents the qualitative results from focus group discussion (FGD), with the working title: “Managing Multiple Stresses: How Context Informs Climate Services for Smallholder Coffee Farming in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.”
  • Christina G., Andrea G., and Zack G. are working on write-up of Caribbean climate service provider assessment with CIMH applied climatetology group (mainly Roche M., Shelly-Ann C., and Adrian T.).
  • Andrea G. is working on revisions on CariCOF synthesis paper.
  • Christina G., Andrea G., and Zack G. are submitting abstracts to AAG annual meeting session on climate services (organized by Christina G. and Andrea G.).
  • Saleh A. is analyzing Jamaica Coffee Leaf Rust stakeholder interviews.
  • Elisabeth G. released a multimedia feature from November 2015 CariCOF: http://features.iri.columbia.edu/caribbean-climate-outlook-forum-dry-season-2015
  • Teddy A. attended the ACDI-VOCA sponsored Climate Smart Agricultural Symposium from 13-14 Sept in Kingston, Jamaica. He presented information related to the ongoing fire warning index work between IRAP and The Meteorology Service of Jamaica. He also co-presented general IRAP Caribbean work with Elizabeth Johnson from IICA.
  • Teddy A. submitted work entitled, “The late spring Caribbean rain-belt: climatology and dynamics.”, to The International Journal of Climatology.
  • Teddy A. met with members of the national fire warning index steering group at the MSJ on Sept 14. Participants included representatives from MSJ, UWI-Mona, and The University of Technology in Jamaica. Discussions were held to determine the realistic time frame and actions needed to transition the project from design to operations.
Southeast Asia
  • JEEVIKA project team reported that 264 villages ( 132 (flood-prone= T/C|66:66; drought-prone= T/C|66: 66) have been mapped out for the distribution of households. Data collection team has been trained and deployed to the field.The survey instrument has been tested, translated, revised, retranslated (English⇌ Hindi). Data will be entered and checked each day by Andy R. Summary statistics were expected by the end of August. The team is in contact with Agriculture, Rural Development, and Environmental miniseries of India. There is a potential to adapt JEEVIKA-IRAP and replicate in other countries including Bangladesh.
  • Saleh A. is applying for research grants (Social Science Research Council’s International Development Research Fellowship, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant) that can support his dissertation field research in Bangladesh by next summer (2017).
Team News
  • Sidhnarth Kishore has arrived at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona to continue Ashutosh Kumar’s work with the India team. He is an engineer, has experience with designing IT tools/software for customizing and disseminating climate related information to different stakeholders.
  • Teddy A. and Cedric VanMeerBeek are co-supervising a CIMH intern, Sheldon Grant, visiting from UWI-Mona Physics. The internship began in early September and will end in late November. Together they will be researching rainfall onset variability as a function of transitioning ENSO phases.