Everything you need to know about the Paris climate summit and UN talks


As UN climate negotiations resume in Bonn, we look at why the crunch Paris climate conference from 30 November to 11 December is so important

 French foreign minister Laurent Fabius talks to delegates during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP French foreign minister Laurent Fabius talks to delegates during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

What is happening in Paris this December?

The governments of more than 190 nations will gather in Paris to discuss a possible new global agreement on climate change, aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change.

Why now?

Current commitments on greenhouse gas emissions run out in 2020, so at Paris governments are expected to produce an agreement on what happens for the decade after that at least, and potentially beyond.

Why is this important?

Scientists have warned that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, we will pass the threshold beyond which…

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Call for Presentation

Want to present an article in Paris at the  Caribbean Pavilion at the  UNFCCC COP21, well now you have your chance. Continue reading for guidelines and details.


Wider Pavilion

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre is hereby accepting expressions of interest to make a presentation at the Caribbean Pavilion at the UNFCCC COP21 being held in Paris, France during the period: Monday 30th November to Friday 11th December 2015.

Peruse the criteria for application here.

The deadline for submission is: 30th October 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The information should be emailed to:

Ms. Ethlyn Valladares
Coordinator for the Wider Caribbean Pavilion Side Events,
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC),
at hr@caribbeanclimate.bz

with the subject heading title: “Expression of Interest to make Presentation at the Wider Caribbean Pavilion at COP21 in Paris.”

Confirmation of acceptance will be provided to you by: 6th November 2015.

Final copies of presentations must be submitted to Ms. Valladares by: 18th November 2015.

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They’re here….our print Hydrological Sciences Journals 2015 are here!

So I am doing another happy dance as Volume 60 Issues 1-8 of our Hydrological Sciences Journal have been delivered. We are expected to get four more issues, i.e. 9-12.

So Taylor and Francis have definitely made my day and I hope yours too since this information is now available for perusal.

Please see below for a breakdown of what each of the four books contain.

  1. Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 1-2 2015:

This journal contains 379 pages and presents articles on topics such as climate change risks and water management; future water stress; modelling regional impacts and water resources; peak discharge estimation; surface soil water content; hydrological trends; salt intrusion model in Malaysia; water yield effects; land surface temperature; index-flood model; sediment transfer; artificial recharge by floodwater and transient phreatic surface mound.

Also contained in this journal is a book review for Introduction to Physical Hydrology by Martin R. Hendriks, 2010; Oxford University Press

2. Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 3-4 2015:

This journal presents articles and case studies on a wide variety of topics which include bias compensation in flood frequency; hydrograph evaluation; catchment behaviour, rainfall selection and flash flood; data series interpolation; runoff of climate change; runoff and water temperature; global hdrological models; current trends in climate parameters; curve number adjustment; modelling climate and land-use; sewer overflow; groundwater depletion; water balance; source identification and water storage.

Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 1-2 and 3-4
Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 1-2 and 3-4

3. Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 5-6 2015:

This journal  contains a special issue of Evaluating Water Resources with SWAT, as well as, articles and case studies on topics such as advances in water resources assessment; spatial-analysis of SWAT; modelling spatial distribution; agricultural management and SWAT model; SWAT sub-field investigation; surface water-groundwater model; climate change impacts; water inflow and a coastal lagoon; calibrated parameter sets; flood peaks and volumes; seasonal climate patterns; continuous streamflow simulation; monitoring acidic water; parameter uncertainty and sensitivity analysis; new fuzzy linear regression; predicting daily pan evaporation; saturated hydraulic conductivity and LISEM and seasonal and inter-annual variability.

4. Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 7-8 2015:

This journal contains a special issue on “Modelling Temporally-variable Catchments”, as well as, articles and case studies on various topics which include hydrological models and changing conditions; hydrological models and changing catchments; comparative assessment of AWBM and SimHyd; hydrological impact and forest fire; wildfire impact and runoff; ECOMAG model; temporal variability and catchment response; HBV model and parametric uncertainty; model performance and parameter variability; current runoff variations; bushfire and climate variability; kinematic wave-based hydrological model; COSERO precipitation-runoff model; graphical tools  and catchment behaviour; parameter transferability and changing climate; flood estimation and hydrological modelling and temporally-variable catchments.

Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 5-6 and 7-8
Hydrological Sciences Journal Volume 60 Issues 5-6 and 7-8

For those of you interested in taking a closer look at our new journal acquisitions, please feel free to email me or drop by my desk. 🙂

Please be reminded that articles are also available at  Taylor and Francis Online, till December 31 2015 for which you would require a username and password which I would provide you with.

Water Well Journal October 2015

We now have access to the Water Well Journal, October 2015 issue, which is published by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

In this issue one would find articles on topics such as:

  1. Groundwater Expo Highlights
  2. Droughts: A Business Opportunity
  3. Technology on Display
  4. Safety Matters
  5. Education Opportunities

For persons wishing to access a digital copy of this journal, please email me or drop in at my desk. 🙂

Water Well Journal October 2015
Water Well Journal October 2015

Hydrological Sciences Journal 2015 Subscription Paid!

I am happy to announce that the financial department has finally paid our journal subscription to the Hydrological Sciences Journal. Does anyone else feel like doing a happy dance? Oh well, I am doing mine now, in my head though. 🙂

This subscription would be for print journals, together with online access. Although, our subscription period is for January 1 2015 – December 31, 2015, our online access would be expiring on the December 31, 2015.

All articles that would be available would be highlighted free access in green, while payment would have to be made to acquire those that we do not have access to.

In order to access the journal online you have to use the following link Taylor and Francis Online.

In order to access articles you can simply use the search term Hydrological Sciences Journal and all data for 2015 would be accessible. Due to our late payment, I must remind you that such access, is only available till the end of the year, i.e. December 31, 2015, so please take the opportunity to access the relevant information in the time we have left.

In order to get the username and password, please email me for details or visit me at my desk for a demonstration, in terms of accessing the online portal.

Thank you so much for your patience and do enjoy. 🙂

Hydrological Sciences Journal
Hydrological Sciences Journal

Turning data into decisions for environmental protection

A perfect example to show that data is very important to alleviating environmental impacts, which was discussed as a possibility in a previous post. In this instance, data is looked at in terms of  marine resources and coastal management.


Mark Archibald of Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Division collects data during a dive in The Narrows Mark Archibald of Antigua and Barbuda Fisheries Division collects data during a dive in The Narrows

Eastern Caribbean representatives at the ECMMAN data monitoring workshop in Nevis Eastern Caribbean representatives at the ECMMAN data monitoring workshop in Nevis

People have the power to improve our ocean resources. Understanding the current health of these resources and the needs of those who use them is the first step toward making decisions that protect them for the future. 

Last week in St. Kitts and Nevis, marine biologists, fisheries officers, scientists and natural resource managers from the Eastern Caribbean attended a workshop on marine, socio-economic and management effectiveness data collection methods. Representatives contributed to drafts of their country’s first ever Coral Reef Report Card, which will guide an understanding of the overall health of marine areas and help leaders develop strategies to protect them.

The six-day workshop was part of the Climate-Resilient Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) project and was hosted by

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