Cuba, U.S. Agree to Cooperate on Meteorology

Washington, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from Cuba and the United States have signed an understanding memorandum on Wednesday to cooperate on the exchange of information and conduct research on meteorology and the weather.

The document, signed by the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba (INSMET) of the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) and the National Administration for Ocean and Atmosphere of the US Department of Trade, will cover weather forecasts.

The document will also include weather modeling and the widening and integration of observation networks, surveillance, analysis and hurricane forecasts.

CITMA’s First Vice Minister Fernando Gonzalez, signed the document on behalf of Cuba and US Trade Assistant Secretary for Observation and Environmental Forecast, Manson Brown, signed for the US.

The memorandum will facilitate the collection and exchange of information, as well as joint research on: meteorology, confronting climate change, oceanography and atmospheric pollution.

According to Gonzalez, such matters are important and crucial to moving towards sustainable development, not only for both respective nations, but for the whole region and the world.

Insmet director, Celso Pasos, stressed the importance of this instrument due to the increase in frequency and intensity of hurricanes and their consequences. Collaboration will allow both countries to refine plans to reduce vulnerabilities before extreme weather phenomenas.

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