Day 1 – Tuesday October 18th

Setting the stage: Living in the Caribbean and a Changing Environment

Morning session

Following the official conference opening ceremony, the morning will start with an overview of the relationship between humans and the environment in present time. Of particular interest in this is the protection of  both the natural and cultural heritage. Following this, the lecture ‘Shaping the Caribbean’ will provide an overview of the genesis of the Caribbean region. This will focus on plate tectonics and the impact of glacial and inter-glacial periods on climate and sea-levels.

Invited speakers
Jay Haviser, Sint Maarten Archaeological Center, Sint Maarten;
Johan E. Meulenkamp, Planet Earth Foundation / Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Afternoon session

The afternoon lectures will address the effects of the current and projected sea level changes and climate change. The central theme (‘Relative Sea Level Rise’ ) will explore the causes, effects and regional differences in sea level rise.  The lecture ‘Modeling of the Regional Caribbean Climate’ compares the Caribbean regional climate model (PRECIS) predictions with actual observations. Based on regional observations and model studies the lecture ‘Relative Sea Level Changes in the Caribbean’ will analyze regional differences in relative sea-level rise in the Caribbean region. The driving forces behind the major intra-Caribbean differences will be discussed. The lecture ‘Caribbean Islands in a Changing Climate will highlight examples of climate change impacts throughout the region. A clear understanding of relative sea level rise implications is key in order to develop proper mitigation strategies. The final lecture ‘Governance and Climate change in the Caribbean’ will explore the important linkage between climate science and policy.

Invited speakers
Ulric Trotz, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC), Belmopan, Belize;
Anny Cazenave, Laboratoire d’Études en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales (LEGOS), Toulouse, France;
Michael Tsimplis, National Oceanography Centre, and Institute of Maritime Law, Southampton, United Kingdom;
Julio Sheinbaum, Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE), Ensenada, Mexico;
Michael Taylor, Department of Physics, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica;
Donovan Campbell, South-South Projects and Partnerships, INTASAVE – CARIBSAVE, Jamaica Office, Kingston, Jamaica.

The titles of the lectures are provisional.