The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) is a training and research organisation whose role and mission is to improve the meteorological and hydrological services and to assist in promoting the awareness of the benefits of these services for the economic well-being of the Caribbean countries. This is achieved through training, research and investigations, and the provision of specialised services and advice. One project with which the organisation is involved in the RAMM Advanced Meteorological Satellite Demonstration and Interpretation System (RAMSDIS) which is aimed at providing the US National Weather Serviceâ€™s (NWSâ€™s) Forecast Offices with high quality, digital satellite data directly from NOAAâ€™s NESDIS server. The program has been extended to include two WMO RMTCâ€™s, the CIMH and the University Of Costa Rica Department Of Atmospheric Sciences (UCR).
Both CIMH and UCR have been equipped with workstations for use in research. With assistance from the RAMM Team the CIMH has analysed a number of case studies. One such study is the October 1996 floods in St. Lucia. A web-based presentation is near completion and will be made available to all meteorological services when completed. The case studies have also been used for training in the use of single and multi-channel imagery in detecting clouds and weather systems.
The CIMH is also currently using the digital satellite imagery to develop cloud climatologies for the region.
It is expected that the CIMH will soon have direct access to the NESDIS server on an hourly or half-hourly basis via the Internet to obtain satellite data.