Drought atlas: Increasing resilience

A Caribbean drought atlas – the first of its kind – has been developed by Cornell University atmospheric scientists. Consisting of colourful and topographically complex maps, combined with weather data collated since the 1950s, the atlas provides a historical context of the region’s climate. Understanding drought variability and its trends, as well being able to assess the dynamics and predictability of the hydroclimate is critical for improving the resilience and adaptation capacity of the 40 million people in this region. The online database will be updated monthly and “is especially important for the Caribbean, since many of its nations are some of the most vulnerable to severe drought,” says Dimitris Herrera, co-author of the drought atlas at Cornell University.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.