The Challenges of Drought Prediction

The article below, by Zengchao Hao, published on 16 February 2018,  discusses the challenges that still exist in terms of drought forecasting despite the many advancements in the field.

Source: The Challenges of Drought Prediction

NGWA Virtual Conference – “After the Drought”

This virtual conference titled “After the Drought”, carded for the September 6th, 2017, will  provide insight into mitigating efforts used across the United States in recent drought situation. Thus, participants will learn about measures that were used to manage both surface water and groundwater resources during the drought periods.

Clicking on the link will provide relevant pricing for members (who are offered discounted prices) and non-members.

Persons conducting research in this area are also invited to submit abstracts for video clips that would be used in the conference. You can find such guidelines here.

I do hope that some members of staff will be to register for this conference and take advantage of the information provided.

Heat in the Place – The Effect of Climate Change on Trinidad and Tobago

An insightful and interesting read from Nolana E. Lynch on the effects of climate change on Trinidad and Tobago.


 Can you feel the heat?

 I don’t think anyone can rightly say that they haven’t been feeling the heat recently. In Trinidad and Tobago, we like to say, “The sun real hot today!” and lately, it seems to have an increasingly unbearable sting to it, making outdoors the preferred place NOT to be, between the hours of 11am and 3pm.

We live on a beautiful tropical island, a few degrees north of the Equator, but we are also a highly industrialized little paradise. Our “cash crop” is oil and gas, and our oil money has funded our nation for more than one and a half centuries. It is quite difficult for us to envision a life without fossil fuels.   We are the heat, having the second highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world, our nation is indeed producing a large amount of carbon, which directly increases temperatures…

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Air Quality Management – Wiley

I remember when I had done a natural sciences course, how dire the outlook, in terms of, water resources and the environmental sustainability looked. I am sure that if many of my classmates hadn’t thought about the environment and its relation to their survival and that of the next generation, it definitely would have been thought of then and afterwards.

At the Wiley Online Library I came across a text entitled “Air Quality Management” (March, 2014), which is one of four texts to assist readers in developing Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).

This document offers one an introduction to the atmosphere around us and the units of concentration. It also discusses the importance of meteorology and the part it plays in air quality, before detailing the main types of air pollutants, their sources, and their effects on humans and their environments. Further chapters discuss measurement technologies and systems, as well as a selection of control and elimination methods. The book also details methods of modelling atmospheric dispersion.

Persons wishing to read up more on this text can click on the following link: Air Quality Management