Drought Monitoring in the Caribbean

It has been noted by the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) that many Caribbean countries are concerned about drought conditions, due to the dry weather experienced in January.

However, both the CDPMN  (in Express Newspaper dated 21.02.2017) and the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) (February to April 2017 newsletter) note that short-term and long-term  drought continues to be a concern in Cayman, with N.Belize, Cuba and Tobago having prevalent long-term drought from December 31 up to April. Yet, it should be noted that the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) notes,  in the Trinidad and Tobago Dry/Wet Spell Monitor  and Outlook  by End of April 2017, that concerns for impactful dryness by April are still reduced, with improvement for Tobago due to the slight strengthening of positive Standard Precipitation Indices (SPIs).

Nevertheless, even with near normal rainfall across Trinidad and Tobago, from February to April 2017, persons are still expected to practice proper water conservation and storage, in order to reduce the negative impacts of such conditions, since the reservoir levels may not optimally be replenished.

 

 

IDB fund climate change adaptation programme in Tobago involving underwater sculptures

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buccoco reef tobago Buccoo Reef, Tobago

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided US$500,000 in grant financing to The Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago to implement a pilot programme utilizing underwater sculptures as a unique approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area.

Trinidadian artist Peter Minshall will create two Carnival-themed sculptures, part of a work known as Tobago Water Colours, in the area of Buccoo reef off Tobago, in one component of a programme on adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Buccoo Reef has been damaged by land-based nutrient run-off and years of excess visits from snorkelers and scuba divers.

The IDB-funded project is intended to provide an alternative destination for tourists that will also provide a new source of income for the tourism, cultural and creative industries of the area, while allowing Buccoo Reef to recover.

The programme will include a focus on marketing and financial sustainability…

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Dramatic Climate Change Factor for Masses of Sargasso from Texas to Tobago

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Beach resorts in Mexico continue to deal with the intrusive Sargasso problem that has left nearly all of its pristine beaches under a thick layer of the brown seaweed.

There has been an estimated 90 tons of sargassum algae washed up on Cancun’s beaches causing some tourists to cancel their sunny beach vacations. Mexican authorities are doing their best to deal with the issue, having recruited hundreds of diggers and machinery to clear the beaches.

The problem is not only along the Mexican coast though.

Since May, the seaweed has hit nearly every part of the Caribbean, causing major headaches from Texas all the way to the island of Tobago in the south Caribbean.

Scientists say that the seaweed is an important part of the coastal eco-system and explain that it plays an important role in beach nourishment. They also say that they have associated the massive quantities of this…

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