The research we do can be divided into the headings listed below. Under each heading we include a few of the things we are currently working on. See the Projects page for more information on some of the research areas.Regional Rainfall Modeling (MM5)
- Examining the effect of concurrent SST anomalies on Caribbean rainfall.
- Analyzing and understanding climate variability in the Caribbean Islands.
- The influence of the Tropical Atlantic vs. the Tropical Pacific on Caribbean rainfall
- Estimating daytime latent heat flux and evapotranspiration in Jamaica
- Investigating the possible use of Statistical Downscaling Models within the Caribbean
- Climate variability and its impact on dengue for the Caribbean
- Modelling of cane yields at Worthy Park Sugar Estate in Jamaica
- Generation of climate change scenarios with applications to health and water resources
- Understanding Climate change impacts on biodeversity and the development of projects to study theses impacts
- Investigating hurricanes using regional climate models
- Using sea surface temperature anomalies to predict flood and drought conditions for the Caribbean.
- Investigating the link between early season Caribbean rainfall and the El NiÃ±o+1 year
- Examining the large scale mechanisms which yield Caribbean climate.
(Solar Radiation in Jamaica)
Closely related to climate studies are renewable energy studies done by the Group. Prospecting for alternative energy sources is important for 2 reasons:
- approximately 90% of Jamaicaâ€™s energy consumption is produced from fossil fuel, all of which have to be imported into the island
- the major source of carbon dioxide, a green house gas, comes from the conversion of fossil fuel into energy â€“ a switch to alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar, is therefore one of the ways to reduce green house gas emission.
The Group is therefore involved in prospecting for solar and wind energy by means, of course, of studying the 'climate' of solar and wind energy, i.e. by measuring at their average values and variations and predicting their future availability.
An example of one of the renewable energy projects we are involved in is the Generation of Electricity by Wind Turbines at Munro College.