FEATURE: Climate data for the Caribbean
The CDKN-funded CARibbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) gives access to climate data that has been downscaled, making it relevant for use in the Caribbean region. The knowledge products below show how this data can be used to support climate resilient decision making in the region.
About this knowledge package
This knowledge package draws on three CDKN-funded projects that took place in the Caribbean over the last decade. It gives an introduction to the CARIWIG datasets and visualisation tools and provides examples of how they have been applied through real-world case studies in the Caribbean. All resources on which this knowledge package is based can be accessed through the resources section.
Key findings from this research include:
- Climate data and projections that are relevant to the Caribbean region are available through the online CARIWIG portal.
- Historic climate data and future projections are available for a range of climate variables.
- A suite of simulation tools including a weather generator, a tropical storm model and a regional drought analysis tool are also freely available.
- These resources are useful for decision makers. When combined with other data and information, they can help build a picture of potential impacts to key economic sectors in the Caribbean.
- A series of case studies shows how these resources have been applied to real world situations in Caribbean countries.
- The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is providing training and support on how to use CARIWIG outputs.
- CDKN-funded projects provide methods and tools for decision makers to take proactive action to build climate resilience, despite the uncertainty that comes with future climate projections.
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