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By Will Bugler and Olivia Palin of Acclimatise, with Maria Jose Pacha of CDKN, who introduce a new set of resources based on seven years of CDKN-sponsored research into climate trends and climate resilience in the Caribbean. (link to the original article)
Governments in the Caribbean have identified climate variability and change as the most significant threat to continued development in the region: as highlighted in Climate Change and the Caribbean: A Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate Change (2009-2015). Given the scale of the climate challenge, decision-makers need effective tools and methods to help integrate climate change considerations into their existing planning and investment processes. One important aspect of this is having access to good quality, locally relevant climate change data.
In the Caribbean, the CARibbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) project, funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), provides open access to climate data that has been downscaled, making it relevant for use in the Caribbean region. Accessed through a user-friendly website, CARIWIG also provides tools that allow decision-makers to better understand the potential impacts of drought, tropical storms, rainfall and temperature changes.
A summary of the climate data and advice on how they can be applied in the region is presented in a newly launched ‘knowledge package’. The package, comprising a policy brief, an infographic and a short video, provides an overview of CARIWIG data and information and how it can be used; pointing to illustrative examples of how it has been applied in several Caribbean countries. The knowledge package also highlights the limitations of using climate model data and provides decision-makers with the tools necessary to make effective climate decisions in the face of uncertainty.
The knowledge package provides information on:
The CARIWIG climate data, when combined with other data and information, can help build a picture of potential impacts to key economic sectors in the Caribbean. Training and support on how to use that data as part of a wider suite of tools is being provided in the region, by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC).
The package consists of an information brief, video and infographic. Visit these and find out more about the research on which they were based.
12pm, March 22, 2017