How Forest Structure Influences the Water Cycle

The article below, published in the EOS Earth and Space Science News by Kate Wheeling on October 15, 2019 highlights a research article from the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, which discusses the relationship between forest structure and the water cycle.

Source: How Forest Structure Influences the Water Cycle

Coral reef early warning system deployed in Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Florida, and the government of St Lucia (Department of fisheries) formed an alliance to undertake a Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Project. According to Albert Jones, CCCCC Representative, “The project encompasses adaptation measures in the Eastern and […]

via Coral reef early warning system deployed in Soufriere — caribbeanclimate

Will Cape Town Escape Its Water-Starved Fate?

I am sure by now many of you are aware of the major water crisis facing Cape Town, South Africa, as a result of dwindling water levels in their reservoirs and an increase in water demand. The article below by Lucas Joel, provides further details on the issue.

Source: Will Cape Town Escape Its Water-Starved Fate?

Monitoring for Water Quality on Farms, Reserves and Urban Creeks

This article published by David C. Richardson on July 29th 2017, as part of the Forester Daily News, highlights water quality monitoring in Millstone Watershed, waterways in Georgia and other locations throughout the United States.

Monitoring for Water Quality on Farms, Reserves and Urban Creeks

It has often been said that without water there would be no life. However, the presence of water is only one factor in the equation. It is not water alone that guarantees the presence of life; to sustain life the condition of that water must fall within a very specific range. Although life can be resilient—in the sense that for virtually any condition that can be imagined, some type of organism will thrive there—many forms of life are very sensitive, occupying one particular, narrowly bounded niche. Many of the specific organisms upon which society relies as part of the food chain or to sustain the habitability of the planet have a particularly narrow and specialized range of conditions under which they can thrive and propagate. Minor changes in salinity or temperature, for example, can drive fish like trout or salmon from a stream. And human activity can play a dramatic role in affecting these conditions.

A Microcosm With a Difference (continue reading the rest of the article here.)


Responding to Climate Change Deniers with Simple Facts and Logic

With many persons insisting that climate change is not actually taking place, (I’m hoping none of our staff are included in that group, but if you are this article is for you too) this article digitally published by Dork Sahagian on 30 March, 2017, provides five questions and answers that can be used to change the minds of those “climate contrarians” (Sahagian, 2017).

Source: Responding to Climate Change Deniers with Simple Facts and Logic

Sahagian, D. (2017, March 30). Responding to Climate Change Deniers with    Simple Facts and Logic. Retrieved June 02, 2017, from    simple-facts-and-logic

Global Significance of the Changing Freshwater Carbon Cycle – EOS

By Bopaiah A. Biddanda

Freshwater ecosystems constitute a small fraction of our planet but play a disproportionately large and critical role in the global carbon cycle.

As human activities continue to pump carbon into the atmosphere, the backbone of our understanding of the resulting warming is our knowledge of where that carbon is going: into the atmosphere, into the land, and into bodies of water. When it comes to accounting for the carbon absorbed and emitted by water, the role of inland freshwater may appear quite small compared to the vastness of Earth’s oceans. After all, inland lakes, rivers, streams, reservoirs, wetlands, and estuaries cover less than 4% of Earth’s surface [Downing, 2010; Verpoorter et al., 2014].But recent research shows that the roughly 200 million bodies of inland water play a much larger role in the global carbon cycle than their small footprint suggests. Inland streams and rivers move vast amounts of carbon from the land to the ocean, acting as carbon’s busy transit system.

They also play a disproportionately large role in the global carbon cycle through their high rates of carbon respiration and sequestration [Cole et al., 2007; Tranvik et al., 2009].According to recent estimates, the amount of carbon that inland waters emit is comparable to the net amount of carbon absorbed by living organisms on Earth’s land surface and in its oceans. Moreover, bodies of freshwater bury more carbon in sediments each year than the vast ocean floor [Battin et al., 2009; Aufdenkampe et al., 2011].

Nevertheless, there is great uncertainty in these figures, and scant data exist on continental and global scales. The changing climate is putting freshwater ecosystems at great risk: They are warming at an alarming rate, outpacing warming of the atmosphere and oceans. It’s crucial that scientists dedicate more resources to understanding the global impact of the freshwater continuum on the carbon cycle.

If you would like to read the rest of the article please click here.

Caribbean Climate Outlook

Well folks I have been provided with the Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum newsletter for January to June 2016, which provides both an overview of the climate outlook for January to June 2016, as well as, a look back on the climate impacts felt from September – November 2015.

I hope that many of you take the opportunity to view the outlook and encourage those around you to conserve water and practice water saving methods since Trinidad is expected to experience below to normal rainfall during this period.


CARICOF Newsletter

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.

When the Rastaman Speaks: Climate Change and Food Security


Dizzanne Billy, 24, is President of theCaribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) inTrinidad and Tobago, where she works in the areas of education and public awareness on a number of environment and development issues. She is a climate tracker withAdopt-A-Negotiator and a young advocate for climate change action.

“Rastaman ah (is) the usual suspect.”– Prophet Benjamin

Discrimination is not uncommon in the Caribbean. But Carus John-Bejai is breaking the mold. At 23, this rastaman is flying through a PhD at the University of Nottingham, hoping to shed critical insight for Trinidad’s farmers in a changing climate.

Carus has always been intrigued by plants. Following the support from his parents, he began to see his love for plants as a way of “improving the living standards of not only those who rely directly on the sector but of the global population as a whole.”

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Rainfall and Temperature Outlook for Trinidad and Tobago

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.