Reference Texts Within the Library

For those of you who may not be familiar with some of the titles in the library, I have decided to create a digital display, similar to the ones seen in public libraries, in order to get persons acquainted with certain texts and build interest.

Hope to see you soon and enjoy the “book candy” since there is much more where those came from.

P.S. Clicking on the image gallery below opens up a slideshow to help one with reading the titles more clearly




Scientists Predict Active Hurricane Season


With hurricanes being highly destructive, whether to property or human life, one should definitely be mindful of the hurricane season, while making the necessary preparations. Read on to learn what scientists have to say about the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, within the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, in this informative article by JoAnna Wendel, and take note of the safety measures provided.

Source: Scientists Predict Active Hurricane Season


Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience – European Science Foundation

Ever wondered what would happen if your country suffered an extreme disaster such as a volcano, an earthquake, a tsunami or even a severe drought?

Have you ever thought that many lives and properties would be lost in the event of such a disaster?

Indeed such events although rare, do have a high impact, posing a severe threat to humanity and the overall sustainability to societies the world over.

The document “Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience” produced by the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Group on Earth Observations (GEH) and the Geohazard Community of Practice (GHCP), “highlights the urgency of establishing an effective dialogue with a large community of stakeholders in order to develop robust risk management, disaster risk reduction, resilience, and sustainability plans in the coming years and decades” (GEO, 2015).

Such a document also stresses the importance of developing the relevant  methodology to assess the potentially global impacts that a major hazard result in, as well as, to ensure that societies are able to reestablish themselves efficiently after such. One major requirement seen as necessary, to ensure some level of preparedness,  is a  a global monitoring system that could provide sufficiently early warnings, should such a major hazardous event develop.

Geohazardous events identified in the text include earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, flash flooding, landslides, bolides (meteor that explodes in the atmosphere) and volcanoes.

As noted in the conclusion and recommendations of the document, “for extreme geohazards, having access to data during the phase where the hazardous event is developing could lead to a better understanding of the potential for an extreme event and inform decisions to prepare for such an event” (European Science Foundation, 2015).

Persons wishing to view this document can send me an email or visit me at my desk. 🙂

Extreme Geohazards Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience
Extreme Geohazards Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Research Symposium Feedback

Well for many of you who were unable to attend the first annual IWRM research symposium, I must say that you missed out quite a bit.

As previously mentioned the symposium presented information under topics such as hydrology, meteorology, water and the environment, water quality, heath, water supply and water and governance. Thus, there was a wide scope of information ranging from topics such as rainwater harvesting, water quality in the Ortoire River, marine pollution, ambient water quality, water quality guidelines, water scarcity, water poverty index, to disaster preparedness, land use planning, freshwater quality and rainfall variability.

I must say I am very proud of my colleagues who presented, and I am looking forward to receiving the relevant documents to catalogue and to house them in the library.

The symposium was the perfect place to network and meet other persons in the field of water resources management, as well as, a means for knowledge sharing. One of the topics presented in the morning session on Thursday, was drought management, which highlighted the probability of drought in our country, as well as, means through which it can be effectively managed. Thus, I hope you all can see the importance of  my previous post on drought management in Australia from the World Meteorological Organization and why we should all be sourcing reliable information on the topic.

I was also very pleased to get some documents from the Global Water Partnership Carribbean (GWP-C). I will update you on these as soon as they are catalogued and added to the libraries collection in a later post. For persons interested in sourcing information on the IWRM  research symposium such as the book of abstracts, the agenda, the Adopt a River booklet, as well as, the National Integrated Water Resources Management policy (2005), available both in digital and print, by the Water Resources Management Unit of the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment, you can either send me an email or pass by my desk.

IWRM Research Symposium July 15-16 2015 - Book of Abstracts
IWRM Research Symposium July 15-16 2015 – Book of Abstracts

Disaster Preparedness – Hurricanes

As you all may know the Hurricane Season is upon us from June 1st – November 30th. Although, we as adults may know all about securing supplies, preparing evacuation routes and emergency shelters, this occurrence tends to be a bit scary, uncertain and exciting all at the same time for children.

In order to assist parents of the Agency with young children, in terms of getting them to understand hurricanes and  prepare for  the possibility  of one, I have sourced some resources to make the task a little easier. This will also help parents have an active role in teaching children about disaster preparedness.

These resources have been sourced from both the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and include a web page (with links to take a hurricane quiz and prepare a survival kit) and an activity book that you can print for your kids.

In order to access either of these resources you can click on the relevant resources below.

CDEMA Hurricane Preparedness

Ready Wrigley Prepares for Hurricanes (CDC)

Ready Wrigley Preparedness Pup
Ready Wrigley Preparedness Pup sourced from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States

EOS Earth & Space Science News Magazine 2015

Staff now have access to the EOS Earth & Space Science magazine published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). In this magazine one can find topics that relate to volcanic eruptions simulations, greenhouse gases, climate, California’s drought, geomagnetic storms, solar winds, White House science fair, NASA and life beyond earth, power plant regulation, altimetry echoes in the ocean, aquifers and pollution, cloud  and climate modeling and American Geophysical Union (AGU) news.

In the latest issue, shown below topics discussed include mercury and the ocean, Nepal earthquake, disaster preparedness,  natural gas flares, oil production, climate change, ozone layer, connecting the tropics and polar regions, as well as, American Geophysical Union (AGU) news.

EOS Magazine Latest Issue 2015
EOS Volume 96 Number 10 June 1 2015

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