OEA Technologies Incorporated is expanding its marine consultancy and remote sensing divisions into the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
In 2010, OEA initiated its Caribbean activities with CODAR SeaSonde representation in the neighbouring island of Barbados. “From an environmental monitoring perspective”, says Dr. Brian Whitehouse, OEA’s president, “neighbouring Caribbean states face common problems and therefore have several common objectives. In addition to country-wide environmental monitoring networks, there are cost-benefits to establishing regional networks.”
The volcanic island of St. Lucia, named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse, is among the most mountainous of Caribbean islands and was one of the hardest hit by last year’s Hurricane Tomas. The neighbouring islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were also impacted by Tomas, but not to as great an extent. Like other countries in the Windwards chain of Caribbean states, both countries have strong interests in marine meteorology and the dynamics of nearshore environments.