The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) of the Ministry of Public Utilities hosted its 2016 Dry Season - National Climate Outlook Forum in Tobago on Thursday 19th November 2015. The event was held in partnership with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) of the Tobago House of Assembly in Scarborough, Tobago, as part of the Global Framework for Climate Services.
The National Climate Outlook Forum is a WMO-spearheaded initiative designed to strengthen and increase the provision of seasonal outlooks at both the regional and national level. The programme aims to ensure that weather and climate information are integrated into decision making and planning in key climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture, water management, energy, health and disaster risk reduction. In view of the recent low rainfall performance in Tobago and some areas of Trinidad, the NCOF presented critical information needed to plan adequately for the upcoming 2016 Dry Season.