Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Water Resources Course

McGill University is offering an 8-week, online course in Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management and Governance. It starts on Oct 1, 2012 and CARIWIN is sponsoring selected candidates from each of its partner countries of Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Caribbean Waves

From the organisers: This second edition of the Caribbean Waves Conference will be a great opportunity for geophysicists, geologists, geographers, oceanographers and coastal engineers to discuss together about marine natural hazards (tsunamis, swells, surges, flooding) and their generation modes (earthquakes, eruptions, landslides, cyclones, etc.) within the Caribbean with a special attention on the Lesser Antilles islands. All aspects from the description of historical events, results of field surveys and numerical simulations of past and potential events, prediction and mitigation of possible events, risk assessment and early warning systems will be in the framework of the conference. Further discussions about general tectonic, geology, coral reef protection, mangroves rehabilitation processes, etc., are directly concerned. A special session concerning the production of electricity using the waves' energy as a sustainable method is also planned.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hurricane Science

A special series of 1-hour webinars on hurricanes with top scientists is being offered by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. The 'target audiences are instructors of high school and undergraduate level courses and informal science educators'. The next seminar on 'Hurricane History; Climate Change & Hurricanes' at 7pm EST on Apr 25, 2012 will have presenters from MIT, and NOAA's NHC and GFDL. Registration is free. Thanks Bruce.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Caribbean Tsunami Hazard

A regional scale estimate for tsunami hazard across the Caribbean has been published by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and others. It includes an interesting summary of past tsunamis in the Caribbean - and it's surprising to learn that there have been '85 tsunamis and that more than 15,000 people have perished due to tsunamis since 1498, which means that the number of tsunami casualties in the Caribbean exceeds that of the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska combined'. There may also be more localised and detailed studies in the future. Thanks Bruce and Carl.