Adrian Trotman [M.Phil., MSc, BSc]

Position:  Agrometeorologist

Email Address: atrotman@cimh.edu.bb

Education: 

  • MSc Agricultural Meteorology. University of Reading, England.
  • Bsc Mathematics and Meteorology. University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for the agricultural meteorology programme at Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). This includes training of meteorological and agricultural personnel from the sixteen member territories of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization, as well as research and development activities in those territories.
  • Currently Acting as Chief of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (since July 2007). This section develops weather and climate related products that would be an asset to the productive and supportive sectors of the region; inter alia water resources, agriculture, tourism, energy. Examples include:
    • The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network with applications to all socio-economic and cultural sectors
    • Agroclimatic Analysis of Guyana
    • Caribbean Agrometeorological Network
    • Precipitation Outlook
    • Haiti Rainfall Analysis using WRF model
  • Co-coordinator of the project The Caribbean Water Initiative (jointly implemented by the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management of McGill University, the CIMH, and the partner countries of Grenada, Guyana and Jamaica and sets to increase the capacity of Caribbean countries to deliver equitable and sustainable IWRM). This project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) at Can $1 million.
  • Coordinator of the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN). An activity geared to the development of drought and extreme precipitation indices and indicators to identify periods of severity and future severity in the Caribbean. This project was launched under CARIWIN, but attracted interest from the Institute of Earth Sciences of University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) which expanded the project to include Barbados and Trinidad (resulting in the development of the Caribbean Water Monitor tool) with a grant from the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences for Developing and Transition Countries (KFH-DC) of SFr (Swiss Francs) 75,150.
  • Coordinator of the Caribbean Agrometeorological Initiative (CAMI). CAMI is a European Union funded project through the ACP Group of States Science and Technology Programme with the objective of assisting farming communities in the Caribbean region through provision of information on predictors of the rainy season potential and development of effective pest and disease forecasting systems for improved on-farm management decisions; preparation and wide diffusion of a user-friendly weather and climate information newsletter and organization of forums with the farming community and agricultural extension agencies to promote a better understanding of the applications of weather and climate information to farming. The approved grant from the European Union is €720,388.20.
  • CIMH coordinator of the re-establishing of the Regional Climate Outlook Forum (RCOF), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Geological Survey (USGS), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). This activity commences with a regional workshop will take place on June 21-23, 2010 in Barbados. Focal Point for Global Environmental Change and Food Systems in the Caribbean (GECAFS Caribbean), which included impacts of climate and climate change on regional food systems and food security and policy responses that can mitigate negative impacts on food security. From this process a regional Science Plan and Implementation strategy was developed as well as prototype food systems scenarios for the Caribbean and an article in the Environmental Science Policy Journal which investigate policy options for enhancing Caribbean food security under environmental changes, in particular climate change.

PUBLICATIONS:

Trotman A. (2010) Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) and the drought of 2009-2010. GWP Caribbean Newsletter, Volume 2. June 2010.

Trotman A. (2010) Preserving Our Precious Water Resource. Barbados Business Catalyst., Volume 6 #1. Barbados Investment and Development Corporation pp 30-31.

St-Jacques, M., C. Senecal, T. Thompson, A Haiduk, A. Trotman, C. Madramootoo (2010) National Water Information Systems: A Tool to Support Integrated Water Resources Management in the Caribbean. Presentation at Fifth Biennial Caribbean Environmental Forum & Exhibition (CEF-5), to be held at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica from 21 to 25 June, 2010.

Richards, J., C Madramootoo, A. Trotman (2010) The Development Of Tools For Managing, Monitoring and Assessing Water Stressed Conditions in Jamaica. Accepted for presentation at the XVIIth World Congress of the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR). Hosted by the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE/SCGAB) Québec City, Canada June 13-17, 2010. http://www.mcgill.ca/files/cariwin/CSBE101166.pdf

Trotman, A. R., M. Gordon, S. Hutchinson, R. Singh and Donna. McRae-Smith. (2009). Policy Responses to GEC Impacts on Food Availability and Affordability in the Caribbean Community. Environmental Science and Policy Journal Volume 12, Issue 4, June 2009, Pages 529-541.

Trotman, A., A. Moore, and S. Stoute. 2009. The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network: the concept and its progress, pp 122 - 125 Climate Sense. Tudor Rose and World Meteorological Organization.

Trotman A. (2009) Monitoring and predicting weather, climate and related events for improved decision making in the Caribbean. Proceedings of International Seminar on the Implications of Global Climate Change for Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems in ACP Countries, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 26 - 31 October 2008.

Trotman A. (2008) Response of Capsicum chinense Jacq. 'West Indies Red' to water availability and stress: Implications for irrigation in Barbados. MPhil thesis University of the West Indies.

Trotman A. (2007) Weather and Climate in Caribbean Agriculture. In: Elements for Life 59-61. Tudor Rose.

Ballayram, Bocage C and Trotman A. (2006) Caribbean Order from Strength In GECAFS (2006) A Set of Prototype Caribbean Scenarios for Research on Global Environmental Change and Regional Food Systems. GECAFS Report No. 2; 62pp, Wallingford.
(see also www.gecafs.org)

Trotman A. (2003) Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) Caribbean Food Systems Project. Proceedings of Barbados National Agricultural Conference 2003: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century. Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 115-119.

Trotman A. (2003) Climate variability: An essential ingredient in the GECAFS Caribbean Food Systems project. Background papers for workshop on Insights and tools for adaptation: Learning from Climate Variability. NOAA/OAR., pp 179-189
(see also http://www.climateadaptation.net/docs/papers/Trotman%20paper.pdf)

Trotz, U., Trotman, A. and Narayan K (2001) Climate change impacts on agriculture, water resources and coastal environments in the Caribbean. In: Land and Water Resources in the Caribbean (Paul, C.L and Opadeyi, J. eds.). Chapter 4 pp 73 – 107. CLAWRENET, of PROCICARIBE, CARDI, St. Augustine Campus, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago.

PUBLICATIONS: (Cont'd)

Trotman A. R. (1998) El Niño: Is it a cause for concern to agriculture in Barbados? In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Barbados Society of Technologists in Agriculture.

Trotman A. R. (1997) Manual for training in Agricultural Meteorology. Caribbean Meteorological Institute.

Trotman A. (1994) Agroclimatic Study of Barbados 1970-1990: Rainfall. Technical Note No 28. Caribbean Meteorological Institute.

Trotman A. (1990) Water relations of crops: Looking particularly at cotton and banana. MSc Dissertation. University of Reading.

Also contributed to the following publications:

GECAFS (2007) Caribbean Science Plan and Implementation Strategy. GECAFS Report No. 4. 43 pp. Oxford. (Drafting team Ronald M Gordon, John Ingram, Arvin Mosier, Adrian Rodriguez, Ranjit Singh, Adrian Trotman)

CARSEA (2007) Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment (CARSEA). A sub-global component of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), J. Agard, A. Cropper, K. Garcia, eds., Caribbean Marine Studies, Special Edition, 2007. (One of contributing authors).

PENDING PUBLICATION:

Trotman, A., A. Moore, S. Stoute and L. Kirton-Reed (2010) Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN): the concept and role in the 2009-2010 Caribbean drought. Proceedings of Inter-Regional Workshop on Indices and Early Warning Systems for Drought held in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA from 8 to 11 December 2009.

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