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Bahamas
Regional Association IV (North America, Central America and the Caribbean)

General Information

population 377 374 (*)
land area (km2) N/A
GDP (million USD) 8 420 (*)
WMO Member since 1973-11-29
QMS status (unknown)
decadal temp. anomalies (**) no value reported
local weatherweather forecast
* World Bank (2013) ** The Global climate (2001-2010)

Institutional Arrangements

National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service:

Website no website provided
Responsible Ministry info not provided
PR with WMO Mr Trevor BASDEN
International organizations (unknown)

Hydrology

National Hydrometeorological Service
Hydrological adviser John A. BOWLEG

Aviation

Meteorological Authority
Meteorological service provider
Institutional information
Composition of the WMO (PUB5) update
Permanent Representative
Mr BASDEN Trevor Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Hydrological Adviser
Mr BOWLEG John A. A.Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology)
Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology
Mr LIGHTBOURNE Kenneth Technical Commission Individual Members (Joint WMO-IOC Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology)
Commission for Basic Systems
Mr BURNSIDE Godfrey Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems)
Mr BAIN Byron V.Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Basic Systems)
Commission for Hydrology
Mr BOWLEG John A. A.Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Hydrology)
Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology
Mr SIMMONS Jeffrey Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Aeronautical Meteorology)
Commission for Agricultural Meteorology
Mr BASDEN Trevor Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Agricultural Meteorology)
Commission for Climatology
Mr ROLLE Arthur W. Technical Commission Individual Members (Commission for Climatology)
Institutional Information update
Title of the National Meteorological or Hydrometeorological Service (NMS)Department of Meteorology
Title of institution with authority over NMS
Legal status of the NMS
Legislative act regulating meteorology (or hydrometeorology)
NMS areas of responsibilities
Provision of meteorological services for aviation
Title of primary legislative act determining NMS functions
Other regulatory framework applicable to NMS functions
Mandate for provision of climate services
Unit dedicated to climate-related activities
NMS is the sole authority for providing climate services in the country
Other organizations (governmental, academic, private, commercial, etc.) providing climate services in the country
National drought policy
Link to national drought policy
Gender distribution of staffTotal:Male:29Female:17
Number of staff by professional category
Management: Male:,Female:,Total:3
Meteorologists: Male:,Female:,Total:9
Meteorological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:21
Hydrologists: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:,Female:,Total:4
Researchers: Male:,Female:,Total:
Support Staff: Male:,Female:,Total:9
Other: Male:,Female:,Total:
Number of staff with university degreeTotal:Male:Female:
Number of staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:020-30 years:1230-40 years:540-50 years:17Over 50 years:12
Number of staff due to retire in next 5 yearsManagement:2Meteorologist:1Meteorological Technician:2Hydrologist:Hydrological Technician:Climatologist/Climate Services:Researchers:Support Staff:3Other:
Staffing trend in recent 3-5 years
Areas in which NMS staff training is needed (in order of priority)1:Meteorologist2:Meteorological Technician3:Support Staff4:Management
Fellowships requested under the WMO Fellowship Programme in 2016-2017
Total annual budget
Main sources of funding
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget
Budget trend in the recent 3-5 years
Sources of funding for improving the hydrometeorological infrastructure, etc.
Development/strategic plan in place in NMS, covering the next 3-5 years
Communications capacity and outreach
Quality Management System (QMS) in use
Status of QMS implementation
National committee or platform composed of ministries, agencies and other stakeholders in place at the national ro sub-national levels, which coordinates Disaster Risk Reduction activities
NMS membership in national committee or platform coordinating DRR activities
Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS) in place in the country
Monitoring and forecasting systems in place for multiple hazards occurring simultaneously or cumulatively over time
MHEWS warning of potential cascading impacts
Number of people per 100,000 covered by early warning information through local governments or through national dissemination mechanisms in your countryTotal:Men:Women:
Percentage of local governments in the country having a plan to act on early warnings
Accessible, understandable, usable and relevant disaster risk information and assessment available to people at the national and local levels
NMS contribution and/or engagement in these risk assessments
Hazard, exposure and vulnerabilty information used in country as an input into emergency planning and the development of warning messages
Performance of MHEWS evaluated in the country
Feedback and lessons learned translated into improvements of the MHEWS
NMS engaged in performance reviews of the national MHEWS/DRR platform
A national WIGOS governance mechanism in place
A national WIGOS partnership agreement in place for integration and open-sharing of observations from NMS and non-NMS sources
Number of staff trained in OSCAR/Surface
A national process in place for acting on quality problem information received from the WIGOS Data Quality Monitoring System
A National WIGOS Implementation Plan adopted/approved
Communication systems used to access data and productsWIS dedicated networks (World Weeather Watch GTS)GTS via Internet
Country participation in WMO Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) scheme for the collection and transmission of meteorological observations at sea
Number of marine meteorological and oceanographic observing stations operated in the countryBy NMS:By institutional partners (non_NMS):By private partners:
Marine meteorological and oceanographic observing data shared and exchanged with WMO
Collaborative agreements or partnerships in the country concerning integrated marine meteorological and oceanographic observations
Status of climate data rescue at NMS
Services provided by NMS
Warning Services:()
Marine Services:()
Hydrological Services:()
Other hydrological (please specify) :Other any type (please specify):
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NMS
Technical requirements necessary to enable NMS to produce/provide impact-based forecast and warning services
NMS involvement in a drought monitoring and early warning system
NMS use of a Flash Flood Guidance System for issuing flash flood warnings
Preparation and dissemination of marine forecasts or warning services by NMS as a Preparation Service of the Worldwide Met-Ocean Information and Warning Service (WWMIWS) within the framework of the Global Marine Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Forecasts and warnings received by NMS from the marine MetArea Issuing Service under GMDSS
NMS use of cooperative mechanisms, such as mentoring and sharing of expertise, in order to support Members in need to resolve existing deficiencies in the provision of marine meteorological services
User communities/sectors to which NMS provides climate products/information and estimated importance of users in various sectors for the NMS
National Hydrological Service (NHS) combined with the National Meteorological Service in a single entity
Exact title of NHS
Title of the institution with the authority over the service
Legal status of the NHS
Name(s) of the main institution(s) responsible for operational hydrology
Legislative act regulating hydrology (or hydrometeorology, or similar) in the country
Title of the primary legislative act determining the NHS mandate
NHS areas of responsibility
Flood management plan(s) established or under developmentYes
NHS membership in a national committee or platform coordinating disaster risk reduction activities
Gender distribution of NHS staffTotal:Male:Female:
Number of NHS staff (by professional category)
Management: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrologists: Male:,Female:,Total:
Hydrological Technicians: Male:,Female:,Total:
Climatologists/Climate Services: Male:,Female:,Total:
Researchers: Male:,Female:,Total:
Support Staff: Male:,Female:,Total:
Other: Male:,Female:,Total:
Number of NHS staff with university degree
Number of NHS staff by age categoryLess than 20 years:20-30 years:30-40 years:40-50 years:Over 50 years:
Number of NHS staff due to retire in the next 5 yearsManagement:Hydrologist:Hydrological Technician:Climatologist/Climate Services:Researchers:Support Staff:Other:
Staffing trend in the recent 3-5 years
Fellowships requested by NHS under the WMO Fellowships Programme in 2016-2017
Total annual budget of the NHS
Main sources of funding
Percentage of budget coming from non-government budget
Trend of the government component of the budget during the recent 3-5 years
Sources of funding for improving the hydrological infrastructure, etc.
Quality Management System (QMS) for hydrology in use in the country
Status of QMS implementation
Impact-based forecast and warning services produced/provided by NHS staff
Flash flood warnings issued by NMS
Flash Flood Guidance System used for issuing flash flood warnings
Access to quantitative subseasonal or seasonal hydrological forecasts by sectoral users in the country
Use of flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability information in the country to carry-out risk assessments at the national, provincial and local levels
Relationships maintained by NHS with users of information products to understand their needs and level of satisfaction with the services provided
Regional Working Structure updateNo data available
Commissions update
Focal Points update

DRR Focal Points of RAs, TCs and TPs

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for Information and Public Affairs

NameCountryRole
Mrs SYMONETTE-ARMBRISTER Lorraine Bahamas focal-point

Focal Points for RTH

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points for WIS Metadata matters

No Focal Point nominated

Focal Points of CBS Lead Centers on Data Quality Monitoring (Land Surface)

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Point for Education and Training

NameCountryRole
Eng. SIMMONS Jeffrey W. Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Point for Weather Radar Metadata

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Point on Matters Related to Weather Pub. No. 9, Volume A (Observing Stations)

NameCountryRole
Mr DEAN Basil Andrew Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Points for Codes and Data Representation Matters

NameCountryRole
Mr BURNSIDE Godfrey Lionel Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Points for Monitoring and Evaluation system

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for OSCAR/Surface

NameCountryRole
Mr DEAN Basil Andrew Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Points for PWS

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Country Profile Database

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the RMDCN

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for the Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points for WIGOS

NameCountryRole
Eng. SIMMONS Jeffrey W. Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Points on Matters Related to Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and related Climatological matters (RBCN)

NameCountryRole
Mr BURNSIDE Godfrey Lionel Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Points on Matters Related to the Regional Basic Synoptic Network (RBSN)

NameCountryRole
Mr DEAN Basil Andrew Bahamas focal-point

National Focal Points on the Implementation Plan for the Evolution of the Global Observing System (EGOS-IP)

No Focal Point nominated

National Focal Points on WIS matters

No Focal Point nominated

National Gender Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Global Production Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

SWFDP Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre Focal Points

No Focal Point nominated

Observations
Surface and upper-air stations (OSCAR/Surface) update
Basil Andrew DEAN
Catalogue of Meteorological Bulletins (Volume C1) updateNo data available
Radars update
Global Atmosphere Watch - Stations updateNo data available
Monitoring update

WIGOS data quality monitoring (details)

WIS Availability & monitoring (details)

World Wide Weather data submission monitoring (details)

Country information
WMO Information System update

WIS centres

Name Centre type Principal GISC Secondary GISC CBS Endorsement Technical Commission Manual on WIS status
NMC  NC  Washington    Approved by Cg/EC  CBS  Equals WIS Manual 

GTS links

remote endpoint type speed national endpoint
Washington  IP  VSAT  Nassau 

Availability & monitoring

INFOHYDRO updateNo data available
Regional Centres updateNo data available
WMO Library update
Climate Normals (1961-1990) update

Station: NASSAU AIRPORT NEW PROVIDENCE

Alerting Authorities Registry (CAP) update
Title Description More Info
Bahamas: Department of Meteorology   A WMO Member [Bahamas] identifies Department of Meteorology as an alerting authority for hazard threats of these CAP categories: Met Health Env CBRNE.   http://alerting.worldweather.org/authorities.php?recId=10
Cooperation
VCP Requests update
Supporting country Status Year Description Project ID
United States of America
 
Completed in February 2000: Evaluation Report and Info from USA  1998-01  Upgrading of the WAFS STAR4 workstation  AEM/3/1/1 
United States of America
 
Completed in May 1996 (reported by USA)  1994-01  Replacement of GMD Upper Air System  OB/1/2/1 
United States of America
 
Completed in October 1997: Info from USA  1997-01  Replacement of the upper-air system  OB/1/2/2 
United States of America
 
Completed in December 1995 (reported by USA)  1995-01  Replacement of GOES West or East Weather Facsimile (WEFAX) Satellite Imagery System  OB/3/3/1 
United States of America
 
Completed in October 1995 (reported by USA)  1993-01  Improvement of RA IV GTS (terminal equipment)  TE/2/1/1 
United States of America
 
Completed on 18/02/94  1989-01  Acquisition of a CLICOM system  WCP/2/1/1 
United States of America
 
Completed on 31/07/2000  2000-01  Provision of the Automatic Weather Observing Stations (AWOSs)  OB/2/3/1 
  No support  2000-01  Provision of 60 rain gauges for Bahama Archipelago  OB/2/1/2 
United States of America
 
Completed in August 2004  2001-01  Provision of an electrolytic hydrogen generator for the upper-air station  OB/1/3/1 
United States of America
 
Completed in October 2003  2003-01  Replacement of the RA IV RMTN workstation  TE/2/3/1 
  No support  2005-01  Rehabilitation of the meteorological observing network after Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne  OB/2/1/3 
Canada
 
Completed  2007-01  Provision of a buoy and associated equipment  MM/2/2/1 
  Request  2010-01  Provision of three sea level observation stations for use in satellite products and ocean models validation  OB/2/4/1 
Fellowships update

Sent Fellowships

Host country Institution Purpose of study Description Type of study Study period
Barbados University of West Indies  To pursue a one year Master of Science Degree in Internet Software System at the University of West Indies.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2005-09 - 2006-10 
United States of America NOAA - Tropical Desk  VCP/USA  Meteorology  Meteorological Forecasting  2005-06 - 2005-09 
Barbados CIMH  To pursue a 4 month Entry Level Technicians course at the CIMH (Barbados)  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2007-07 - 2007-12 
United States of America NOAA - Tropical Desk  To puruse a four-month course at the Tropical Desk, NOAA, USA  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2007-04 - 2007-07 
United States of America NOAA - Tropical Desk  To pursue a four months course at the Tropical Desk, NOAA.t  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2008-08 - 2008-11 
United States of America Lynchburg College  To pursue a 4 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science at Lynchburg College in Virginia, USA.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2008-08 - 2012-08 
United States of America Lynchburg College  Partial fellowship to cover book allowance, medical insurance, thesis and termination allowances for the academic sessions during 2010-2012.DOB 20.03.74  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2010-09 - 2012-08 
United States of America NOAA - Tropical Desk  To pursue a 4-months course at the Tropical Desk, NOAA, USA.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2011-06 - 2011-09 
China Hohai University  To pursue BSc Hydrology in China.  Hydrology  Others (Specify)  2011-09 - 2016-08 
Barbados CIMH  To undergo the Senior Level Technician Course at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, Barbados for 15 months.  Meteorology  Others (Specify)  2012-04 - 2013-07 
GFCS Projects update

Projects implemented in this country

Supported countries Title Description Status
Cook Islands
Fiji
Kiribati
Micronesia, Federated States of
French Polynesia
New Caledonia
Niue
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Guyana
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Lucia
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
India
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Maldives
Bhutan
Nepal
Afghanistan
Myanmar
 
Programme for Implementing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) at Regional and National Scales The “Programme for implementing GFCS at Regional and National Scales” aims to enhance resilience in social, economic and environmental systems to climate variability and change. The programme funded by a grant from Canada will implement GFCS in the Pacific, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Arctic. This will be achieved by providing improved climate information, predictions, products and services to support climate risk management and adaptation strategies, decision making and actions at national and regional level.  Active 
Projects update

Projects implemented in this country

Supported countries Title Description Status Type
Cook Islands
Fiji
Kiribati
Micronesia, Federated States of
French Polynesia
New Caledonia
Niue
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Curaçao
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Guyana
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Lucia
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
 
Develop Capacities for Climate Services in the Caribbean and the South Western Pacific Ocean Region The Pacific and Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are susceptible to many hydro-meteorological and other hazards, namely tropical storms and hurricanes, thunderstorms or lightning, coastal storm surges, floods, flash floods, coastal flooding, river flooding, tsunamis, drought, strong winds, heat waves, and dust or haze.  These hazards have the potential to cause coastal erosion, landslides, mudslides, epidemics, and the movement and spread of toxic substances and volcanic material. on-going WMO 
Cook Islands
Fiji
Kiribati
Micronesia, Federated States of
French Polynesia
New Caledonia
Niue
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Curaçao
Cuba
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Guyana
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Lucia
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
 
Implementing the Global Framework for Climate Services at Regional and National Scales Climate change is one of the greatest challenges to human society in contemporary times. Statistics show that the last decades have already seen a sharp rise in economic, social and environmental damages due to climate and weather-related natural hazards – and scientists expect the frequency and intensity of such extreme to rise due to climate change. on-going WMO