Hydrodynamic modelling allows us to better understand how the ocean is driven by temperature, salinity and pressure changes, atmospheric exchanges, and interactions with the seafloor. The numerical model depicts processes of the physical ocean such as current flow, waves, and particle tracking.
Water quality data is used to ascertain the chemical, physical, biological and radiological characteristics of water.
Dominant marine ecosystems existing along our Caribbean coastlines are made up primarily of mangroves, seagrass and coral reef, as well as salt marshes, intertidal zones, estuaries and lagoons. These systems act as natural filters of land-based nutrients, buffer storm effects and provide nurseries for marine life.
Jamaica is vulnerable to multiple types of natural hazards. Among these are earthquakes, tsunami, and floods by hurricanes storm surges.