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​Join weather, water and climate​ professionals for a special 3-day summit.

8:00am - 1:00pm (EST) (UTC-5)

15th - 17th December 2020

Panel discussions, presentations and live Q&As with global experts

Senior speakers from government, industry, academia, IGOs and NGOs

Expert-led roundtable discussions for small groups

One-on-one meetings and networking time

What is HydrometCARIBBEAN?

HydrometCARIBBEAN is designed to provide a platform for constructive conversation and debate around building resilient hydromet infrastructure, improving data, developing partnerships, working with stakeholders and understanding the current key themes coming out of the WMO, including Public-Private Engagement (PPE). The event and its content is designed with and supported by the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO). 

Why attend?

HydrometCARIBBEAN brings together a diverse audience of public, particularly senior figures at Caribbean NHMS, and private sector players to develop a common understanding of their priorities and partnership needs.

Through highly relevant content and debate our audience can uncover funding opportunities, new partnership models and gain high quality perspectives.

What will we discuss?

Switching from last year’s in-person event to a safe and secure virtual meeting, December’s Summit will deal with a number of important weather, climate, hydrological and meteorological topics, broken down into four broad themes:

  1. Forging national weather, water and climate partnerships, particularly post-the recent Region IV Hydrological Advisers Forum

  2. Dealing with post-Covid budget constraints

  3. Defining and delivering weather services to government and private sector stakeholders

Who will attend?

Varysian’s virtual HydrometCARIBBEAN event is an invite only gathering that will host participants from NHMS, government, IGOs, NGOs, development partners and experts from the private sector and academia. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and engage with a wide variety of highly relevant peers. 

  • Director Generals of NMHS & technical staff

  • Private sector stakeholders

  • Key personnel from NGOs and IGOs, including the WMO

  • Leaders from Academic Institutions and Research Centres 

  • Weather and Climate Product and Service Providers

“My first virtual conference... The world has just become smaller and more accessible.”

James Logan, OneRain (AEM group)
 

"Thanks again for a revolutionary and dynamic symposium with riveting themes, presentations and atmosphere."

John Smith, CEO, Civil Aviation Authority, Turks & Caicos

"The system worked smoothly: video and audio quality were excellent.

Groundbreaking – well done!"

 

Andrew White, Comptus

 

HOW IT WORKS

 
 

Orientation day

Monday 14th December

DAY 1

Tuesday 15th December

Working together: Forging national weather, water and climate partnerships

AGENDA

ALL TIMES ARE IN EASTERN STANDARD  TIME (EST) (UTC-5)

8.00-13.00

The HydrometCARIBBEAN virtual event platform will be open all day on Monday for you to log in, explore the features and familiarise yourself with the site.

8.00-8.30

Arrivals, competition time in the Solutions Centre and welcome from the Chair

Building context around Caribbean hydromet

  • Introduction

  • Welcome from the chair

  • Caribbean NHMS and the global context

 


8.30-9.15

Panel Session: Advancing partnerships between meteorological and hydrological agencies in the Caribbean.


Discussing the WMO, CMO and CREWS co-ordination on partnerships between national hydrology and meteorology units in the Caribbean. Discussing recommendations and roadmap from the recent Hydrological Advisers Forum, Region IV.​

 


9.15-10.45 

Workshop: WMO’s Systematic Observations Financing Facility

10.45-11.15

Competition break in the Solutions  Centre

Accumulate points and win prizes by visiting our expert partners in the Solutions Centre

11.15-11.30

Innovation presentations  

 

11.30-12.15

Expert-led roundtables  
These 5 topics (A-E) are run simultaneously over three days in small virtual meeting rooms and are made up of smaller groups of 5-8. The roundtable sessions will be conducted by discussion leaders and are designed for a more detailed and in-depth exchange of information.  
     
Room 1: Roundtable A

Progress in data capture, integration and sharing: Adding value to decision-making and the steps made since last year’s gathering

Room 2: Roundtable B

Defining and growing services: How can weather, water and climate services better meet the requirements of stakeholders? What is needed to lay the foundation for the provision of resilient, sustainable weather, water and climate services and products?

Room 3: Roundtable C

Forming meaningful partnerships to extend your service and grow capacity

Room 4: Roundtable D
Consequences of covid - dealing with the budgetary fallouts and planning for future funding in straitened times. New modes of Public-Private Engagement, Funding and Partnership Models etc. 

 

Room 5: Roundtable E 
Importance of developing EWS and impact based forecasting - how can EWS and impact-based forecasting and closer ties between agencies have a positive impact on climate risk; DRR; energy and tourism.

12.15-13.00

Lightning presentations

  1. Sharing data and building regional data-infrastructures

  2. National Water Model and flood forecasting work in the Americas

  3. A conversation with Barbados Met Service on their 3D-PAWS implementation efforts

 

 

 


13.00-13:30

Competition: Meet the partners

Accumulate points and win prizes by visiting our expert partners in the Solutions Centre

Tom Copping
Managing Director
Varysian
Dr. Arlene Laing
Coordinating Director
CMO
Dr. Guillermo Navarro
Consultant
Varysian
Curtis  Barrett
Hydrometeorologist Consultant
World Bank
Peter Clarke
Managing Director
Jamaica Water Resources Authority
Garvin Cummings
Director, Chief Hydromet Officer
Guyana Hydrometeorological Service
Prof.  Alan Jenkins
Deputy Director and Director of Science
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Markus Repnik
Director Development Partnerships
WMO
Prof.  Alan Jenkins
Deputy Director and Director of Science
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Mohammad Nagdee
Cluster Head - SSECC
UNDP
David Tomlinson
Acting Project Coordinator
CARICOM
Karl Gutbrod
CEO
meteoblue
Yves Personna
Project Manager
Caribbean Development Bank
Franceso Gaetani
Regional Coordinator
UNEP
Dr. Angelica Gutierrez
OWP Hydrology
NOAA
Dr. Thomas Graziano
OWP Director
NOAA
Paul Kucera
Assistant Director
UCAR/COMET

DAY 2

Wednesday 16th October

Money worries: Defining and delivering services to stakeholders while dealing with budget constraints

8.30-9.00

Arrivals, time in the Solutions Centre and welcome from the Chair

9.00-9.45

Workshop: How funding relationships are evolving for Caribbean Hydromet Services

9.45-10.30

Panel: Challenges and opportunities for floods and droughts management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States – perspectives from UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme

10.30-11.00

Competition break in the Solutions Centre

Accumulate points and win prizes by visiting our expert partners in the Solutions Centre

11.00-11.15

Innovation presentations 

11.15-12.00

Expert-led roundtables 
These 5 topics (A-E) are run simultaneously over three days in small virtual meeting rooms and are made up of smaller groups of 5-8 or so. They will be repeated 5 times to allow delegates to participate in all topics. The roundtable sessions will be conducted by discussion leaders and are designed for a more detailed and in-depth exchange of information.
     
Room 1: Roundtable A

Progress in data capture, integration and sharing: Adding value to decision-making and the steps made since last year’s gathering

Room 2: Roundtable B

Defining and growing services: How can weather, water and climate services better meet the requirements of stakeholders? What is needed to lay the foundation for the provision of resilient, sustainable weather, water and climate services and products?

Room 3: Roundtable C

Forming meaningful partnerships to extend your service and grow capacity
 

Room 4: Roundtable D
Consequences of covid - dealing with the budgetary fallouts and planning for future funding in straitened times. New modes of Public-Private Engagement, Funding and Partnership Models etc. 

Room 5: Roundtable E 
Importance of developing impact-based forecasting - how can impact-based forecasting and closer ties between agencies have a positive impact on climate risk; DRR; energy and tourism.

12.00-12.45

Lightning  presentations

  • HydrometSOS​

  • ARISE update

  • ​Forming meaningful hydromet partnerships​


12.45-13:15

Competition: Meet the partners

Accumulate points and win prizes by visiting our expert partners in the Solutions Centre

Peter Clarke
Managing Director
Jamaica Water Resources Authority
Massimiliano Lombardo
Programme Specialist
UNESCO
Prof.  Alan Jenkins
Deputy Director and Director of Science
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Mohammad Nagdee
Cluster Head - SSECC
UNDP
David Tomlinson
Acting Project Coordinator
CARICOM
Karl Gutbrod
CEO
meteoblue
Yves Personna
Project Manager
Caribbean Development Bank
Prof.  Alan Jenkins
Deputy Director and Director of Science
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

DAY 3

Friday 16th October

Product and services: Creating a legal mandate around services and building impact based capabilities for stakeholders

8.00-8.30

Arrivals, time in the Solutions Centre and welcome from the Chair

8.30-9.15

Panel: Getting it right for stakeholders

How can we improve the processes and practices essential to effective service delivery and what do stakeholders want? What approaches have been successful and why; Understanding legal frameworks; Impediments to success/challenges?

 

9.15-9.30

Lightning presentations

  1. Creating hydromet products for key stakeholders

  2. ​Seasonal to sub-seasonal forecasting in the Caribbean

  3. ​Impact based forecasting - a solution for the Caribbean​

10.00-10.30

Competition break in the Solutions Centre

10.30-10.45

Innovation presentations 

 

10.45-11.30

Expert-led roundtables 
These 5 topics (A-E) are run simultaneously over three days in small virtual meeting rooms and are made up of smaller groups of 5-8 or so. They will be repeated 5 times to allow delegates to participate in all topics. The roundtable sessions will be conducted by discussion leaders and are designed for a more detailed and in-depth exchange of information.
     
Room 1: Roundtable A

Progress in data capture, integration and sharing: Adding value to decision-making and the steps made since last year’s gathering

Room 2: Roundtable B

Defining and growing services: How can weather, water and climate services better meet the requirements of stakeholders? What is needed to lay the foundation for the provision of resilient, sustainable weather, water and climate services and products?

Room 3: Roundtable C

Forming meaningful partnerships to extend your service and grow capacity

Room 4: Roundtable D
Consequences of covid - dealing with the budgetary fallouts and planning for future funding in straitened times. New modes of Public-Private Engagement, Funding and Partnership Models etc.

Room 5: Roundtable E
Importance of developing impact-based forecasting - how can impact-based forecasting and closer ties between agencies have a positive impact on climate risk; DRR; energy and tourism.


11.30-12.00

Competition: Meet the exhibitors

Accumulate points and win prizes by visiting our expert partners in the Solutions Centre

Evan Thompson
Director
Jamaica Meteorological Service
Yaba Batista
CEO
Caribbean Biodiversity Fund
Dr. Daniel Scott
Director of Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change
University of Waterloo
Ginelle Greene-Dewasmes
Departments of Environment, Geography and Politics
University of York
Carlinton Burrell
Chief Executive Officer
Caribbean Climate Innovation Center
Prof.  Alan Jenkins
Deputy Director and Director of Science
UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Mohammad Nagdee
Cluster Head - SSECC
UNDP
David Tomlinson
Acting Project Coordinator
CARICOM
Yves Personna
Project Manager
Caribbean Development Bank
 
 

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SEAN FIGURA

COMMERCIAL MANAGER

sean.figura@varysian.com

+441223 926828

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PARTNERSHIPS EXECUTIVE

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PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

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