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Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO)
Year Established: 1973
Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) works in the following areas:CARICOM Institutions
The Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) is the successor to the British Caribbean Meteorological Service, established in 1951 and later replaced by the Caribbean Meteorological Service (CMS) in 1963 following the break-up of the Federation. In 1973, the CMS became the CMO following the independence of several Member States.
All CARICOM Member States, with the exception of The Bahamas, Suriname and Haiti, are members of the CMO along with Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The objectives of the CMO are to promote and co-ordinate regional activities in the fields of meteorology and allied sciences; provide support and advice to governments in dealing with issues of an international nature affecting weather and climate and to represent the regional meteorological community’s interests at the international level. The CMO has a special working arrangement with the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
The CMO is governed by the Caribbean Meteorological Council (CMC), a ministerial body, founded in 1963. Its other organs are the CMO Headquarters Unit located in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) located in Barbados and the Caribbean Meteorological Foundation (CMF), established to support the research activities of the CIMH.
Specialised training of the Region’s meteorological and hydrological personnel is provided by the CIMH, the training and research arm of the CMO. The Institute, which was formed as a result of the merger of the Caribbean Meteorological Institute (CMI) and the Caribbean Operational Hydrological Institute (COHI), also conducts research and provides consultations in the meteorology, hydrology and associates sciences. In addition it provides services for the repair and calibration of meteorological instruments.
The CMO is headed by a Co-ordinating Director.
Co-ordinating Directors of the CMO:
Mr Cyril Egbert Berridge (Trinidad and Tobago), 1972-1999
Mr Tyrone Wendell Sutherland (Saint Lucia), 2000 - present