Regional Climate Centres Implementation in North America, Central America and the Caribbean
There has been a strong interest in the establishment of WMO Regional Climate Centres (RCCs) in the Regional Association IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean), but concrete actions are yet to be initiated towards the implementation of RCCs.
Countries in North America, namely Canada, Mexico, and the United States are moving forward with the establishment of the North America Climate Services Partnership (NACSP). The Partnership provides a mechanism for sharing data, information, concepts, and knowledge on climate services between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The NACSP can be framed as an initiative that addresses issues unique to North America and that could contribute to and complement, rather than supersede, other existing regional and global efforts including WMO RCCs.
The United States of America has begun consultation within RA IV to explore opportunities for its National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to seek designation as an RCC or to be part of an RCC-Network.
The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), Bridgetown, Barbados, is currently in demonstration phase and informally expressed its intent to serve as a WMO RCC, with the domain of interest being the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean.
Regional Climate Outlook Forums in RA IV
The Central America Climate Outlook Forum (CACOF), under coordination of the Regional Committee of Hydraulic Resources, has been in operation for more than a decade.
The CIMH has taken the coordinating role for the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF).
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