Improving Climate Data and Information Management
Description of Project
Under the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR), the Government of Jamaica has received a grant of US $6.8 M from the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) administered through the World Bank (WB) to implement Investment Project 1, Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project (ICDIMP). The ICDIMP is one of a suite of projects giving effect to the goals and objectives of Jamaica’s Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience (SPCR) and geared towards the climate change adaptation imperative outlined in Vision 2030 Jamaica.
The project development objective is to improve the quality and use of climate related data and information for effective planning and action at local and national levels. In achieving this, the project aims to:
- Strengthen Jamaica’s meteorological observation and data collection systems to enhance climate monitoring, weather forecasting and early warning systems;
- Enable effective planning and design of adaptation initiatives, through access to climate change scenarios specific to Jamaica, including scenarios for priority sectors;
- Use climate scenarios generated to assess the expected consequences of climate change for each priority sector and utilize assessments to develop sector-based methodologies for climate resilient planning and decision making;
- Conduct detailed vulnerability assessment of the health sector to generate information needed to improve resilience of the health sector by climate proofing health care facilities;
- Improve knowledge, attitudes and practice of the Jamaican public towards climate.
The ICDIMP will be implemented under three main components.
Upgrading Hydro-Meteorological Data Collection, Processing and Forecasting Systems
US$4.009 million is aimed at enhancing the availability and reliability of data for climate change scenario modelling, risk analysis and warning systems, and knowledge sharing. Project activities include (a) supplying and installing equipment for sea-level monitoring, meteorological, hydrological, and agro-meteorological activities, provision of training for staff of Meteorological Services Jamaica (MSJ), Water Resources Authority (WRA) , Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and voluntary observers of the monitoring network on operation and maintenance of the equipment; (b) replacing the outdated weather Doppler radar, including rehabilitation of the Cooper’s Hill station facility and training of MSJ staff in operation and maintenance of the new radar; (c) strengthening the capacity of staff of MSJ, WRA and RADA on data management, quality assurance of data collection, processing, and weather forecasting through provision of consulting services and training.