Arlene Laing

Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Headquarters Unit

Dr. Arlene Laing is the Coordinating Director at the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) Headquarters Unit and Permanent Representative of the British Caribbean Territories with WMO. She is a member of the WMO Executive Council and Research Board.

Laing is known for research across tropical meteorology; thunderstorm systems; flash floods and mitigation; satellite meteorology; lightning and El Niño; tropical cyclone rainfall and genesis; weather, climate and meningitis; climate and armed conflict; and volcanic ash fall modeling. She is the lead author of “Introduction to Tropical Meteorology”, a peer-reviewed online textbook. She is also a co-author and Editorial Committee member of the award-winning, “Meteorology of Tropical West Africa; The Forecasters’ handbook”.

After obtaining her B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, she worked as a forecaster in Jamaica. She then received an Organization of American States fellowship to pursue graduate studies in meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. Subsequently, she held various posts, including assistant professor, University of South Florida; scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research; project facilitator, US Weather Prediction Center.

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Bennet Atsu Foli

Oceanographer, University of Ghana Regional Marine Centre

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Jerome Aucan

Head of the Pacific Community Center for Ocean Science, The Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji/New Caledonia

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Burkard Baschek

Director, German Ocean Museum, Stralsund, Germany

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Claudia C. Baron-Aguilar

Ph.D. student, University of South Florida (USF) & Member of the Wayuu indigenous community

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Silvia Chacon-Barrantes

Coordinator, National Tsunami Monitoring System (SINAMOT)
Professor, National University of Costa Rica

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Cameron Diver

Deputy Director-General, The Pacific Community (SPC)

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‘Ofa Fa’anunu

Director, Tonga Meteorological Service

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Director, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Bruce Howe

Research Professor, Ocean and Resources Engineering, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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Geoff Kilgour

Senior Volcanologist, GNS Science, New Zealand

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Arlene Laing

Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Headquarters Unit

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Debra Lekanoff

Washington State Representative (Position 1, 40th Legislative District), USA

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Albert Martis

Second Vice President, WMO, and Co-Chair Joint WMO-IOC Collaborative Board

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Mere Nailatikau

Communication Consultant, Storyteller and Development Professional, Fiji

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Anne Parge

Policy Officer, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Bonn

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Simone Pennafirme

Manager, Marine Life Center, Secretariat for Environment of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro

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Irina Rafliana

Ph.D. Researcher, German Development Institute (DIE) & BRIN Indonesia

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Amelia Rigsby

TV Producer and Host, FBCTV

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Jacqueline Yamileth Rivera Ayala

Civil engineer and vulcanological monitoring coordinator, Hazards Monitoring Center, DOA, MARN

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Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch

Director at Pacifico risk communications agency and consultant in risk communications and behavioral science

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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

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Raul Salazar

Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Secretariat for the Americas, Panama

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Ria Sen

Lead Preparedness Officer, Global Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, World Food Programme

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Shulqwilum

Member, Chemainus First Nation

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Iliesa Tora

Media consultant and journalist. President, the Pacific Environment Journalists

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Sebastian Unger

Head of Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

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Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

Deputy Director, International Tsunami Information Center, Caribbean Office, Puerto Rico