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International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 62, Issue 5, pp 681–684 | Cite as

For the IJB special issue on Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Luis B. Lecha Estela
Foreword

The Cuban Meteorological Society and the International Society of Biometeorology jointly organized among 30th November to 2nd December of 2015 an international expert meeting to promote the implementation of biometeorological forecast and climate services in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. The expert meeting was a significant contribution to the success of the 8th Cuban Congress of Meteorology, held in Havana, Cuba

Along sessions of the expert meeting, characteristics and observed impacts of actual bioclimatic and biometeorological forecasts services in the region were considered, as well as the needs, priorities, and projections of international organizations related with the broad spectrum of biometeorology in the fields of humans, animal health, and phenology (agrometeorology).

The expert meeting also contributed to the interdisciplinary interaction between experts and Cuban postgraduate students working in different areas of biometeorology, trying to make easier a common methodological approach for the application of biometeorological and bioclimatic services, to assure the validation within the user’s community of the service outputs and to implement known best practices in managing efficiently and seamlessly the interaction among the international and national partners involved, meteorological services, mass media, and the general public.

The main topics under discussion were as follows:
  • Session A: Biometeorological forecast services for human health.

  • Session B: Experiences from the medical side during the application of biometeorological forecasts.

  • Session C: Development of climate services for human health.

  • Session D: Impacts of climate services on the control of transmissible and vector-borne diseases.

  • Session E: Impacts of agrometeorological services in the food production, plant diseases, and plagues prevention.

Each session began with an initial lecture presented by international well known experts. They gave to the participants an important update on the “state of the art” in the different fields of action of Biometeorology, as well as the user perspective on these services. The titles of lectures and the expert names were as follows:
  • Development of Early Health Warning Systems in big cities of the United States, Canada and China. Larry S. Kalkstein, University of Miami, USA.

  • Development of public health surveillance in the Republic of Cuba. Daniel Rodríguez Milord, National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, Cuba.

  • Climate Services for Health – Accelerating Applications for Public Health. Joy Shumake-Guillemot, WHO-WMO Climate and Health Office, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland. Presented by Simon Hales, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.

  • A WHO perspective on climate services for health. Simon Hales, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Impacts of climate change on animal agriculture. John Gaughan, University of Queensland, Australia.

  • Impact of hot climate on health and productivity of dairy cows. Nicola Lacetera, University of Viterbo, Italy.

  • New perspectives for products and services in agricultural meteorology. Simone Orlandini, University of Florence, Italy.

  • Strategies to improve reproduction and milk production of dairy cows during heat stress. David Wolfenson, Hebrew University, Rehovot, Israel.

During the expert meeting four Round Tables were organized with an initial presentation followed by a fruitful discussion. The topics under analysis were as follows:
  • Impacts of biometeorological forecast services on health surveillance and the prevention of health crisis due to some chronic diseases. Chair: Susana Suárez Toledo, National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology, Cuba.

  • Impacts of climate services on human health. Chair: Paulo L. Ortíz Bultó, National Climate Center, Institute of Meteorology, Cuba.

  • Agrometeorological services for food production and prevention of plagues and diseases occurrence in Cuba. Chair: Eva Mejías Sedeño, National Center for Agrometeorology, Institute of Meteorology, Cuba.

  • Effects of UV radiation on skin cancer occurrence and other diseases in Cuba. Chair: Eudimio Martínez Chapman, Air Pollution Monitoring Center, Institute of Meteorology, Cuba.

The full list of presentations is given in Table 1, referring author’s names, titles, institutions and countries. A selection of full papers and abstracts from this expert meeting is included in this Special Issue. This is the first printed reference of ISB regional activities, following the recommendations from the last XXI ISB congress in Durham, where the participants addressed the importance to enhance visibility of ISB regional development. Moreover, the publication of this IJB Special Issue is coincident with WMO priorities, when this year put the world attention on the motto of the Meteorological Day: “weather-ready, climate-smart.” This may be the way for next contributions from ISB regional members to this necessary approach, facing potential impacts of climate and weather variability on human society.
Table 1

Full list of presentations during the sessions of ISB Expert Meeting on bioclimatic and biometeorological forecast services in Havana, Cuba

No.

Experts names

Title of presentation

Institution

City

Country

1

John Gaughan

Impacts of Climate Change on Animal Agriculture

Queensland University

Queensland

Australia

2

Luis Monteagudo Lima

Anomalies detected in hypertense patients due to the influence of meteor-tropic effects

Cardiological Center “Ernesto Che Guevara”

Santa Clara

Cuba

3

Luis B. Lecha Estela

Biometeorological forecasts for health surveillance and prevention of meteor-tropic effects

Center for Environmental Researches and Services

Santa Clara

Cuba

4

Daniel Barceló Rodríguez

Environmental health issues related to climate and human health obtained in Cuba

National Inst. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology

Havana

Cuba

5

Daniel Rodríguez Milord

Development of public health surveillance in the Republic of Cuba

National Inst. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology

Havana

Cuba

6

Susana Suárez Tamayo

Biometeorological forecasts: a prospective view into the health sector

National Inst. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology

Havana

Cuba

7

Jorge L. Alonso Freyre

Integrated attention to cerebrovascular disease for prevention of meteor-tropic effects

Hospital “Mártires del 9 de Abril”

Sagua la Grande

Cuba

8

Héctor Díaz Águila

Report on heat stroke attentions at Emergencies in Sagua la Grande during the summer of 2015

Hospital “Mártires del 9 de Abril”

Sagua la Grande

Cuba

9

Alina Rivero Valencia

Design of Early Warning System for the occurrence of acute myocardial infarction

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

10

Vladimir Guevara Arce

The offer of bioclimatic products and services from Climate Center at INSMET

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

11

Paulo L. Ortíz Bultó

A new approach for the monthly and seasonal forecast of complex bioclimatic variables

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

12

Eugenio Mojena López

Impacts from Saharian dust on the health of Caribbean populations

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

13

Eudimio Martínez Chapman

Tendency of UV solar radiation and it impact on skin cancer in Cuba

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

14

Karel Durán Marrero

Ultraviolet solar radiation and its impact in the skin diseases

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

15

Ransés J. Vázquez Montenegro

Early Alert System on Vegetation Conditions, Agricultural Drought and Forest Fires

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

16

Susana Borroto Gutiérrez

Utility of bioclimatic information for infectious diseases forecasts

Institute of Tropical Medicine “Pedro Kourí”

Havana

Cuba

17

Odalys Valdés Ramírez

Climate information to describe seasonal behavior of respiratory Syncytial virus

Institute of Tropical Medicine “Pedro Kourí”

Havana

Cuba

18

María C. Reyes Fernández

Disaster management in public health: the Cuban experience

Ministry of Public Health

Havana

Cuba

19

Olaine R. Gray Lovio

Epidemiology of skin cancer in Cuba during the period 1990–2011

Ministry of Public Health

Havana

Cuba

20

Tatiana de la Vega Pazitková

A community intervention based on biomet. forecasts in order to prevent asthma crisis

University of Medical Sciences “Victoria de Girón”

Havana

Cuba

21

José L. Santos Dávila

ENSO Warnings: applications in Biometeorology and lessons learned in Ecuador

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL)

Guayaquil

Ecuador

22

Pablo Fernández de Arróyabe Hernáez

Weather Derivated on Human Health: the case of OXYALERT

University of Cantabria

Santander

Spain

23

David Wolfenson

Cooling strategies during summer heat stress and their impact on cows production

Hebrew University

Rehovot

Israel

24

Simone Orlandini

New perspectives for products and services in agricultural meteorology

University of Florence

Florence

Italy

25

Nicola Lacetera

Impact of hot climate on health and productivity of dairy cows

University of Viterbo

Viterbo

Italy

26

Elena Ciómina de Carvajal

Biomet. forecast services to facilitate adaptation of long distance travelers

Russian State Hydrometeorological University

Saint Petersburg

Russia

27

Joy Shumake-Guillemot

Climate Services for Health–Accelerating Applications for Public Health

World Meteorological Organization, WMO

Geneva

Switzerland

28

Simon Hales and Joy Shumake-Guillemot

Climate services for health: a World Health Organization perspective

World Health Organization, WHO

Geneva

Switzerland

29

Simon Hales

Modelling climate sensitive diseases: application to early warning systems

World Health Organization, WHO

Geneva

Switzerland

30

Michael Allen

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Temperature Impacts

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

USA

31

Laurence S. Kalkstein

Excessive Weather Impacts: Warnings, Interventions and Improvements

Florida International University

Miami

USA

32

John Uldrich

Med-Weather Health Forecasting

Globien Inc.

Minneapolis

USA

33

Noel J. Petit

Nowcasting of Human Health Hazards from Terrestrial and Space Weather

Ausburg College

Minneapolis

USA

34

Paul Grady Dixon

Expanding the analysis of suicide frequency during anomalously warm temperatures

Fort Hays University

Fort Hays

USA

35

Pablo A. Méndez Lázaro

Adaptation strategies facing heat mortality in the urban area of San Juan, Puerto Rico

School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

USA

36

Scott Sheridan

Biometeorological warnings: perceptions and response

Kent University

Cleveland

USA

No.

Postgraduate student names

Title of Presentation

Institution

City

Country

37

Carolina C. Nagib Nascimento

Evaluation of respiratory function and gas exchange in small ruminants

Sao Paulo State University

Sao Paulo

Brazil

38

Cintia C. de Melo Costa

Thermal balance of Nellore cattle

Sao Paulo State University

Sao Paulo

Brazil

39

Yazenia Linares Vega

Fundaments for seasonal prediction of syncytial respiratory virus

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

40

Alberth Rodríguez

Evaluation of cows discomfort and early alerts of Cuban agrometeorological system

Provincial Meteorological Center in Camaguey, INSMET

Camaguey

Cuba

41

Dayasmín H. Rodríguez Caboverde

Products and services for monitoring and forecast of forest fires in Cuba

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

42

Dayron Chang Domínguez

The Hysplit model to forecast transport of biological agents through the air

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

43

Dilianis Rodríguez Peña

Application of Hysplit model for the early detection of plagues and air-borne diseases

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

44

Ingrid R. Suárez Angarica

Structure and operation of the Cuban Phenological Observation System at INSMET

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

45

Ismabel M. Domínguez Hurtado

Integration of weather forecast models with biometeorological monitoring in Cuba

Provincial Meteorological Center in Villa Clara, INSMET

Santa Clara

Cuba

46

Loima Sánchez Rodríguez

Agrometeorological services from the Cuban National Center of Agrometeorology

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

47

Antonia León Lee

Pediatric urgencies by bronchial asthma and local climate variability in Havana, Cuba

Institute of Meteorology

Havana

Cuba

Luis B. Lecha Estela

ISB Councilor for Latin America and the Caribbean

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  1. 1.ISB Councilor for Latin America and the CaribbeanSanta ClaraCuba

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