Michael Taylor

University of the West Indies

Initiating SRM: A Terrestrial Ecosystem Approach- Jamaica

Climate Change impacts are being experienced in increasing severity in Small Island Developing States despite current mitigation and adaption strategies. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has coordinated significant research and project activities related to climate change, but to date, no research is being undertaken in the region in the area of Solar Radiation Management (SRM). The two leading universities in Jamaica, University of West Indies, Mona Campus (UWI) and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja) are jointly interested in initiating research activities relevant for the region which explores the use of socially acceptable SRM methodologies. The UWI already has a climate research group while UTech, Ja has a Sustainable Energy and Innovation Institute which intends to use applied climate research to stimulate innovation and green business among the youth and at the community level. 
Our joint poster will focus on the potential for initiating SRM research focusing on the terrestrial ecosystem, using Jamaica as a case study. Potential SRM actions which are consistent with the country’s proposed climate change policy will be explored including cool roofs for a large residential community of approximately 50,000 dwellings (Portmore), preservation and expansion of forest cover and a mix of individual actions.  The poster will examine benefits and co-benefits to be gained from cooperation among local and international stakeholders; voluntary participation; awareness building; political and governance issues.

The poster will be presented by Michael Taylor and Ruth Potopsingh.

Michael Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica). He also served as Head of the Department of Physics from 2009-2016 and is currently the Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology. His research interest is in the area of Caribbean climate science, including climate variability and change. Professor Taylor is the director of the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM), (since 2007). The CSGM plays a leading role in coordinating and producing climate research related to the Caribbean region. Their work has been incorporated into several reports for CARICOM governments including for reporting purposes to the UNFCCC. Professor Taylor is well published, and serves on a number of national and regional climate related boards and panels.