Climate change and increasing climate variability are having adverse effects on climate sensitive socio-economic sectors on Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These impacts are expected to grow in the future if appropriate cost-effective adaptation strategies are not implemented. Adapting to climate change and increasing variability requires that the best information on past, current and future climate be available to support decision-making in the Caribbean. The goal of the Caribbean RCC is to support the region’s socio-economic development by generating suites of user defined climate products and services to inform risk-based decision-making in climate sensitive sectors at the national and regional levels across the Caribbean.

Glossary of Technical Terms

Bulletins of the Caribbean Regional Climate Centre commonly use technical terms from Climatology. A list of these terms is available.

Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean

The Programme for Building Regional Climate Capacity in the Caribbean (BRCCC) was established to facilitate the development of the World Meteorological Organization’s Regional Climate Centre for the Caribbean to be housed at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) through: (i) infrastructure development, (ii) increasing the range of products and services delivered to stakeholders, (iii) enhancement of human and technical capacities at CIMH and in National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in the Caribbean, and (iv) improvement of service delivery mechanisms to national, regional and international stakeholders.

The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN)

The concept was born out of the need to mitigate and respond to the creeping phenomenon, drought. Unless the precipitation situation is closely monitored, one often does not realize that drought is upon you or is approaching –until the effects are already felt. On the other extreme, many of the indices and indicators used to recognize drought occurrences are also used to determine different severities of above normal precipitation. The CDPMN seeks also to make full use of this information. … more

Recent SPI Discussions


A number of drought/precipitation indices are currently under investigation at CIMH, with the view to them being used together to monitor drought and periods with extremely high precipitation. The Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI) is one such index under investigation

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