The WMO Regional Training Centre (CIMH/WMO-RTC) in Barbados organized a group training course on Instrument Maintenance and Calibration at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) from 15 August to 9 September. The course provided participants with knowledge and practical skills in the science of measurement as well as on the maintenance and calibration of meteorological instruments.
From 2014 to 2016, 25 instrument technicians from 16 countries/states in the Caribbean region, participated in such workshops through the WMO Fellowships Programme sponsored by the Canadian GFCS Fund. In 2015, the course also welcomed three female participants in a traditionally male dominated profession.
The participants particularly appreciated the workshop’s approach, which combined theory with hands-on exercises and field visits. The course provided an opportunity for participants to develop collegial relationships with each other. This will promote greater sharing of knowledge and know-how for more robust and efficient hydrometeorological and climate observations and early warning networks across the region in the future. Achieving this outcome will greatly advance the regions’ adaptation to severe weather and climate change.