World-class research. Global relevance.

The UWI is the premier research facility in the Caribbean, and a global contributor to landmark, global research.

Our research agenda

The UWI's research focus includes areas such as:

Climate modelling
Environmental protection
Marine ecosystems
Disaster risk reduction and resilience

Climate and eco-systems policy initiatives

What does scientific research enable?

Scientific research provides the answers we need to fight climate change. It helps policymakers, governments, and government agencies with making decisions about what actions need to be taken.

It helps donors, development partners, and fellow researchers to zone in on key issues, sectors, and communities who are being affected. It also helps the general public to understand how climate change affects all of us, not just on an environmental level, but also at socioeconomic levels.

Supporting the United Nations’ Research

Many of the UWI's scientists continue to serve as contributing authors and review editors for the United Nations' (UN) reports.

The UN has amassed a sizeable body of research through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),the UN's body for assessing the science related to climate change. To date, The UWI's academics continue to be invited to contribute research insights, as The UWI’s track record continues to be of global relevance.

Serving global needs

Sharing in the glory of the Nobel Peace Prize given jointly to the IPCC and Al Gore Jr.

Contributing to global policy in 2018 and 2019.

The UWI's academics continue to share their expertise in climate research, and serve Caribbean and global needs.

Providing climate change research has long been a priority for The UWI. Our scientists have been sounding the alarm for almost five decades, highlighting the Caribbean’s vulnerability and risk.

Timeline of Publications UWI researchers
have contributed to


For their IPCC contributions, UWI Professors, Anthony Chen, Leonard Nurse and John Agard, shared in the glory of the Nobel Peace Prize given jointly to the IPCC and Al Gore Jr.


Dr David Smith, the Coordinator of The UWI’s Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), selected to work on the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Report “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development”, alongside 15 international experts to work on.


Special report “Global Warming of 1.5 ºC” released.


“Climate Change and Land” – the second of the three IPCC Special Reports in the Sixth Assessment cycle released.

“The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” released.

Research contributions to landmark publications

A solid track record in research, which has been pivotal in providing regional and global insights, has also resulted in The UWI’s academics being invited to participate in landmark reports and publications.