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Dr. Tannecia Stephenson

Dr. Stephenson
Position: 
HOD
Area of Specialization: 
Climate variability and seasonal prediction; Climate change studies using statistical downscaling techniques and the output of regional climate models; Climate Extremes; climate change impacts; solar energy

Qualification & Granting Institution

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica, 2005.Dissertation Title:  The Caribbean Dry Season: Modes, Circulation Features and Statistical Models

  • Bachelor of Science, Physics, First Class Honours, UWI, Mona, Jamaica, 1999

Training

  • Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CarCOF) and training workshop (in application of the IRI Climate Predictability Tool), Barbados, February 27 - March 2, 2012.

  • Statistical DownScaling Model Training Workshop, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, April 14-15, 2011.

  • CARIBSAVE Pilot Workshop, Iberostar Hotel, Jamaica, May 12, 2009.

  • ICTP Water Resources in Developing Countries: Planning and Management in a Climate Change Scenario Workshop, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy, April 27 – May 8, 2009.

  • WCRP and ICTP Interpreting Climate Change Simulations: Capacity Building for Developing Nations Seminar, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy, November 26-30, 2007.

  • CARICOM workshop on Renewable Energy in the Caribbean – Realities and Perspectives, Tobago, September 25–28, 2007

  • PRECIS training workshop, University of Reading, United Kingdom, July 23-27, 2007

  • Summer School in Statistical Downscaling, University of Lodz, Poland, June 18-22, 2007

Publications

Short Monographs

  1. Taylor, M. A., A. Centella, J. Charlery, I. Borrajero, A. Bezanilla, J. Campbell, R. Rivero, T. Stephenson, F. Whyte, and R. Watson (2007). Glimpses of the Future: A Briefing from the PRECIS Caribbean Climate Change Project, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belmopan, Belize. 24 pp.

Book Chapter - Submitted

  1. Taylor, M. A., A. Mandal, C. Burgess and T. Stephenson, 2013: Flooding in Jamaica: Causes and Controls. In Flooding and Climate Change: Sectorial Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for the Caribbean Region. Dave Chadee (editor). Nova Publishers

Journal Articles since 2010

  1. Karmalkar, A. V., M. A. Taylor, J. Campbell, T. Stephenson, M. New, A. Centella, A. Benzanilla, J. Charlery, 2013: A review of observed and projected changes in climate for the Islands in the Caribbean.  Atmosfera, 26(2), 283-309.

  2. Hall, T. C., A. M. Sealy, T. S. Stephenson, M. A. Taylor, A. A. Chen, S. Kusunoki and A. Kitoh, 2012: Future climate of the Caribbean from a super-high resolution atmospheric general circulation model. Theoret. Appl. Climatol., DOI 10.1007/s00704-012-0779-7.

  3. Taylor, M. A., T. S. Stephenson, A. Trotman, J. Spence, O. Martínez-Sánchez, G. Votaw, I. González-García, R. Pérez-Suárez, B. Lapinel-Pedroso, A. León-Lee, D. Boudet-Rouco, and N. González-Rodríguez, 2012: [The Caribbean] Regional Climates [in State of the Climate in 2011]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc, 93 (7), S170-S173.

  4. Taylor, M. A., F. S. Whyte, T. S. Stephenson, and J. D. Campbell, 2012: Why Dry? Investigating the future evolution of the Caribbean Low Level Jet to explain projected Caribbean drying. Int. J. Climatol. doi: 10.1002/joc.3461.

  5. González, I. G., R. P. Suárez, L. Pedrosso, V. C. Cancino, D. B. Rouco, A. L. Lee, V. G. Velazco, T. S. Stephenson, M. A. Taylor, J. M. Spence, and S. Rossi (2011), The Caribbean [in State of the Climate 2010]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 92(6), S183-S186. 

  6. Taylor, M. A., T. S. Stephenson, A. Owino, A. A. Chen and J. D. Campbell, 2011: Tropical Gradient Influences on Caribbean Rainfall. J. Geophys. Res. doi:10.1029/2010JD015580

  7. Campbell, J. A, M. A. Taylor, T. S. Stephenson, F. S. Whyte and R. Watson (2010), Future Climate of the Caribbean from a Regional Climate Model. Int. J. Climatology, DOI:10.1002/joc.2200. 

  8. Fonseca Rivera, C., R. P. Suárez, A. C. Romero, A. L. Lee, V. C. Cancino, I. G. García, T. S. Stephenson, M. A. Taylor, J. M. Spence, and S. Rossi (2010), The Caribbean [in State of the Climate 2009]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 91(6), S144-S146.

Accepted for Publication

  1. Bachelor, T., T. S. Stephenson, M. A. Taylor, P. Brown, D Amarakoon, 2012: Influence of Climate Variability on Human Leptospirosis Cases in Jamaica. Accepted. Climate Research.
  2. Taylor, M. A., T. S. Stephenson, A. A. Chen and K. Stephenson, 2012: Climate Change and the Caribbean: Review and Response. Caribbean Studies (Accepted for Special Issue – Invited Paper).
  3. Taylor, M. A., A. Centella, J. Charlery, I. Borrajero, A. Benzanilla, J. Campbell, T. Stephenson, R. Nurmohamed, 2012: The PRECIS-Caribbean Story: Lessons and Legacies. (Accepted). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Technical Reports

  • Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM), 2012: State of the Jamaica Climate: Past and Future. Information for Resilience Building. For Pilot Project for Climate Resilience. GOJ. 180 pp.

Non-print/Multimedia

  • Time to Adapt – 3 Jamaican Stories. 2011. 26 minute documentary chronicling the story of three Jamaican communities and their efforts to adapt to climate change. Produced by the Climate Studies Group, Mona under the directorship of M. A. Taylor. Sponsors: UNDP/GEF and EFJ. Aired TVJ. 12/12/2011 and 16/12/2011. Shown: UNFCC Durban Climate change Conference (Nov. 2011). Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkAlp-ozjUc&feature=youtu.be Views as at 21/06/12: 116

RESEARCH GRANTS

  • Tell It - Disseminating Caribbean Climate Change Science & Stories Project. UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme. (2009-2010). T. S. Stephenson and M. A. Taylor (Co-PI).

  • Caribbean Climate Dynamics and Global Warming: A Regional Climate Model Intercomparison Project. Research Fellowship Committee, U.W.I. (2009-2010).  T. S. Stephenson (PI); M. A. Taylor and A. A. Chen.

  • Caribbean Climate Dynamics and Global Warming: A Regional Climate Model Intercomparison Project.   Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (2009-2011).  T. S. Stephenson (PI); M. A. Taylor and A. A. Chen.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom:       Visiting Fellow, 2006 - 2007
  • The University of the West Indies, Department of Physics, Mona, Jamaica:           Research Fellow, 2005-2006
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