DAES Hosts Scientists from University of West Indies to Discuss Climate Variability and Change in the Caribbean

The University of West Indies LogoAs part of the system-to-system relationship between the University of the West Indies and SUNY, seed funds made available through a UWI-SUNY partnership (see below) were awarded to a proposal involving four DAES faculty and staff at UAlbany (one of just six proposals selected for funding). In conjunction with four faculty members at UWI, the DAES researchers will collaborate to develop a research initiative investigating Caribbean rainfall variability and climate change. During the 14th and 15th January, SUNY collaborators Elinor Martin, Justin Minder, Oliver Elison Timm and Brian Tang will host UWI collaborators Drs. Michael Taylor, Tannecia Stephenson and one PhD Student from UWI-Mona and Dr. Isabelle Gouirand from UWI-Cave Hill at DAES. This meeting will provide an opportunity to finalize research collaborations and potential graduate student exchanges in Caribbean climate research, including rainfall variability, climate change and hurricanes.

UWI-SUNY Partnership

The University of West Indies announced a new system-to-system relationship with SUNY early in 2012. The UWI-SUNY partnership began in 2012 and currently involves 10 SUNY campuses. A formal Memorandum of Understanding was signed in January 2013.

Both institutions allocated seed funds in support of this partnership, which is coordinated by UWI Central's Office for Regional and International Affairs and SUNY's Office of Global Affairs. The top proposals for this award were selected based upon the strength of the team and the feasibility of the proposed project in terms of expertise in the research or instructional area and potential project sponsors. The UWI-SUNY team is also required to identify potential sponsors who may provide funds for the implementation of the joint graduate instructional program. Only 6 proposals were selected for funding; the one involving our department was the sole one involving UAlbany.