Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action

Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action



27 February 2017

A Compendium of Climate Services Case Studies

A new collection of case studies from the Pacific islands illustrates the value of climate services to support decision-making and how to ensure the information reaches the last mile to end users.

Pacific Islands Meteorological Services: a Compendium of Climate Services Case Studies shows how improved national meteorological and hydrological services can build climate and disaster-ready communities in a region which is vulnerable to extreme weather and climate change.

The livelihoods of Pacific communities are dependent on weather and climate conditions. In the large Pacific region, with diverse, far-spread communities with limited transport and communication services, providing targeted weather and climate information and forecasts is a complex task.

Our objective for this compendium was to document the lessons learned from delivering climate services in the Pacific region. The experiences of National Meteorological Services in their work with different users and stakeholders provide vital information for future management and resourcing of climate and weather services.

The brochure shows climate services in action, with an emphasis on community-based networks.

Examples include:

  • Fiji: climate information for the energy sector; seasonal rainfall predictions for subsistence farmersProviding climate services in Vanuatu
  • Vanuatu: climate forecasts for honeybee husbandry; community-based rainfall network monitoring
  • Samoa: mobile phone messages to alert communities in times of disaster; climate data digitisation
  • Cook Islands: monitoring and communicating drought
  • Kiribati: extreme spring tide information for disaster risk reduction; coastal hazard outlook
  • Solomon Islands: climate information to assist malaria monitoring and control
  • Papua New Guinea: rainfall data bank for climate prediction
  • Marshall Islands: role of the weather service office for drought response
  • Tuvalu: communicating climate information to communities
  • Niue: community awareness of climate services
  • Palau: the Protected Area Network
  • Federated States of Micronesia: climate information and services strengthen decisions

The compendium is a product of the Finnish-Pacific (FINPAC) project on ‘Reduced vulnerability of Pacific islands country’s villagers livelihoods to the effects of climate change,’ executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), and the Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS).

This compendium showcases some of the Pacific contributions to the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These case studies were provided by Pacific authors and initiated during a regional writing workshop by FINPAC and SPREP in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Environment Canada, and the Australia Bureau of Meteorology through its Climate and Oceans Support Programme (COSPPac).

The publication is available here


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