Planning for a changing climate and the anticipated impacts on the Caribbean – from temperature increases and the associated implications for food and water security to extreme weather events and the associated implications for public health – has got a shot in the arm.

This is thanks to a US$1.9-million contract for light detection and ranging (LIDAR) data collection and processing, recently signed between The University of the West Indies and geo-data specialists Fugro Geoid SAS.

The contract, funded through the Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme of Climate Resilience (PPCR), will allow for the collection of LIDAR data and processing into bathymetric (underwater depth) and topographic (surface elevation) information or products.