Ocean modelling and monitoring
Ocean modelling and monitoring for Caribbean Small Island Developing States
Understanding, and mitigating, the impacts of coastal erosion and flooding are a high priority for many small island developing states, especially those that lie in the path of tropical storms and hurricanes. The NOC has worked closely with the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines since the initiation of the CME Programme in order to provide local stakeholders with a better understanding of the impacts of waves and surges for use in coastal management and planning. This wave and coastal modelling work is being expanded during years three and four of the Programme through the application of Caribbean-wide regional wave and hydrodynamic models. These models will provide boundary conditions for other models being run by CME Programme partners for the combined area of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, which will then provide high-resolution coastal water level, currents and waves for local-scale beach modelling. This local-scale beach modelling will be supported through the deployment of an AWAC Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler that measures water level, currents and waves in shallow water in the nearshore zone. This AWAC will be deployed through both the wet (hurricane) season and the dry season in order to characterise average wave heights and storm swell events. The data and model outputs will be provided to local stakeholders through workshops that will also include training in coastal modelling.
Caribbean region (including St Vincent and the Grenadines; Grenada; Belize; Jamaica)