The Earth and Space Science News Magazine (Vol 101, No. 3) is now available for perusal. In this issue topics discussed include climate model collaboration, diagnosing the Twaithes glacier, coastal carbon, climate warming, farming and landslides in Peruvian deserts, storing water using Pre-Inca canal system and ocean maps.
Persons wishing to view this publication can email me or visit me at my desk.
Have you been wondering why it’s so warm during the night for the past few weeks or so? Well, wonder no more. According to the Met Office’s Rainfall and Temperature Outlook for Trinidad and Tobago, this has been a result of wetter than average rainfall being favored and more clouds being present which allows heat to be trapped near the ground during the night.
I always knew that when rain fell, the atmosphere would be more humid but I really didn’t think about it affecting night time temperatures though.
For those of you wishing to view the “Rainfall and Temperature Outlook for Trinidad and Tobago” issued May 25 2015 by the Meteorological Organization of Trinidad and Tobago, if you haven’t already, to get an idea of the impacts, responses and likely outcomes you can view it by clicking the following link Rainfall and Temperature Outlook for Trinidad and Tobago.
I do hope that the outlook enlightens you as it has me and assists you in keeping informed about such matters.
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. 🙂