Who We Are
Caribbeans For Climate is a community created to empower and connect people with Caribbean roots who are interested in and affected by climate change. This includes people from all walks of life: from students, farmers, administrators, and policy makers to research scientists and everything else in between. We are inclusive and accepting of all people, regardless of where they are from, language(s) spoken, identity, and spiritual beliefs.
• Cultivate a warm and vibrant community for members to feel safe, supported, respected, and empowered
• Connect the Caribbean region to resources that support efforts related to climate change
• Educate the public about climate change, as well as adaptation and mitigation efforts
• Celebrate the culture, work, and accomplishments of Caribbean people from all backgrounds
Shoutouts and Announcements!
Hampton University is Recruiting Graduate Students for Paid Positions Studying Climate Science!
Caribbeans for Climate community member, Professor Ruben Delgado (representing Puerto Rico), has this message for prospective students:
The Hampton University Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, is seeking students interested in pursuing graduate degrees starting in the Fall of 2024. Prospective students with an interest in atmospheric chemistry and physics, atmospheric dynamics and numerical modeling, laser remote sensing technology, radar remote sensing, radiative transfer models, and remote sensing algorithm development are strongly encouraged to apply. Lidar (elastic, Raman, DIAL, Doppler wind) measurements are integrated to satellite and ground based measurements to reach a thorough understanding of the coupling of chemistry and dynamics in the lower atmosphere (troposphere: 0 to 15 km above surface). Potential research projects include:
• Planetary boundary layer height retrievals from ground based remote sensing and satellite observations • Offshore Wind Energy Resource Assessment and Power Production Predictions • Tropospheric trace gases (NO2, O3, SO2, H2O, etc.) and scanning elastic aerosol lidar instrumentation development • Remote sensing determination of optical, chemical and physical properties of trace gases for air quality and environmental justice applications • Atmospheric radiative transfer model development, primarily to support retrieval of aerosol and trace gas properties from satellite measurements in the solar spectrum • Remote sensing characterization of aerosol properties based on interpretation of polarimetry measurements • Understanding the fundamental fluid mechanics of extreme weather with a focus on hurricanes using radar remote sensing and numerical simulations • Understanding the role of turbulence in atmospheric dynamics including stochastic and potentially deterministic components such as coherent turbulent structures • Validating and improving numerical model simulations of the boundary layer using radar remote sensing measurements from spaceborne, airborne and ground-based platforms.
Prospective students with a background in atmospheric and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, computer science, remote sensing, mechanical and electrical engineering or other related fields are encouraged to apply. Admitted students will receive full tuition and competitive stipend (>$30,000/yr). Interested candidates should apply online at:
Applicants should contact Drs. Ruben Delgado (email@example.com), Robert Loughman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Stephen Guimond (email@example.com) before applying by sending a copy of their CV and unofficial transcripts.
Academic and Career Pathways in Climate Science
a panel hosted by Caribbeans for Climate
We're excited to announce Caribbean for Climate's first panel, titled Academic and Career Pathways in Climate Science! This virtual panel will be composed of a variety of climate stakeholders with backgrounds in the Caribbean (see below for list). Panelists will discuss topics ranging from their journeys to their current positions, how their culture influences their identity and shapes their work, and their perspectives on issues related to climate change in the Caribbean.
When: Tuesday, November 21, 3-4 pm Eastern time
Where: virtual, https://princeton.zoom.us/j/7997513143
Dr. Marilyn Raphael
Affiliation: Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Ashford Reyes
Affiliation: Meteorologist; Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology
Affiliation: Biotechnologist; Punta Cana Foundation
Affiliation: Municipal legislator; Municipality of Aguadilla
Affiliation: Climate & Atmospheric Scientist, Climate Change Specialist and Educator; ClimateEdu Bahamas
Big shoutout to Jahnelle Howe on receiving NOAA's José E. Serrano Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Graduate Fellowship! Jahnelle Is a Ph.D. student at the CUNY Graduate Center working on carbon sequestration in marine ecosystems, and will perform research at a NOAA facility as part of the fellowship.
Read the full press release on Jahnelle's accomplishment on NOAA's website.
Girl Talk!Learn about ocean mapping from leading women in the field.
Caribbeans For Climate Advisory Board Member, Sheila Cáceres, is part of a great team developing opportunities for women interested in learning about ocean mapping.
Are you curious about ocean mapping? Would you like to learn about a growing field? Do you identify as female? Then the Girl Talk program is for you! Apply now before applications close on Sunday October 22, 2023 by scanning the QR Code in this communication or going to this link: https://forms.gle/MHPzFFLUmF4YVjgS9
Congrats Shanna and Allan for Completing the UCAR SOARS Internship
Big Big shoutout to community members Shanna C. and Allan C. for successfully completing the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science internship at UCAR!
Shanna's project was entitled Evaluating Lightning Forecasts in the HRRR Model: Comparing Lightning Diagnostics to Remotely Sensed Observations and Allan's was Effects of Atlantic Niño on Tropical Cyclone Genesis Potential. Well done Shanna and Allan!
Congrats Valeria for completing the WHOI Summer Student Fellowship
Huge shoutout to Caribbeans For Climate Advisory Board Member Valeria Pérez Rivera for completing the WHOI Summer Student Fellowship. Her very interesting project was entitled, The Effects of Storm Events on Soil Temperature in Salt Marshes. Amazing work Valeria!
Keep a lookout for what our members are up to:
AGU Session GC087: Preparing Food, Energy, Water Systems (FEWS) for the Impact of Global Climate Change
Nico Maxfield is the primary convener of AGU Session GC087 at AGU23 in San Francisco (December 11-25, 2023), which will promote research regarding topics such as predicting climatic and hydrologic extremes due to climate change; impacts of climate change on agriculture and water availability; adaptation measures to climate change and their effectiveness, and more.
AGU Session A036: Bridging the Gap from Climate to Extreme Weather: Observations, Theory and Modeling
Dr. Veeshan Narinesingh is the early career convener of AGU Session A036 at AGU23 in San Francisco (December 11-25, 2023). Dr. Jhordanne Jones will be an invited speaker.
AGU Session A105: Past, Present, and Future Hydroclimate Trends over Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean: State of the Science, Open Questions, and Moving Towards Climate Data Equity
This session will showcase interesting and very relevant discussions about paast, present, and future trends in hydrological extremes - such as flooding - over Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Caribbeans for Climate, 2023.