OEA Technologies Incorporated and the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), Barbados, are partnering to pursue mutual interests in the Caribbean Sea. Primary focus areas include climate change adaptation, disaster management, marine operations and coastal zone management.
CERMES is located on the Cave Hill campus of the University of West Indies. Its mission is to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the Caribbean by: (i) providing graduate students with advanced training; (ii) conducting research in the natural resource and environmental management sectors; (iii) providing guidance and professional services to regional governments, NGOs and the private sector; and (iv) hosting environmental initiatives, heightening public awareness and offering short courses and workshops.
“When it comes to designing marine monitoring systems, using sensors and models, monitoring surface currents and waves, or measuring dissolved gases such as pCO2, OEA has the technology and consulting expertise,” says Dr. Brian Whitehouse, president of OEA Technologies Incorporated. “CERMES’ extensive Caribbean experience and regional insight provide the means to cooperatively apply this capability to coastal waters of Barbados and other regions of the Eastern Caribbean.” Specific potential issues identified by OEA include coral bleaching, monitoring sea surface temperature and pCO2, reef health monitoring, storm surge, tsunamis monitoring, maritime search and rescue, vessel traffic services and oil spill mitigation.