During the RAV Session (September 1-3, 2021), a special side event explored the needs, the gaps and identified priorities in ocean matters for this unique ‘Oceania’ region. Over 150 participants joined, beginning the conversation about a regional ‘roadmap’ for collaboration on ocean matters. This was timely after the official start of the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development(2021 to 2030) .
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The Sixth Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF) ushered in a new era for the forum, which brings together representatives of Pacific National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), regional partners and global climate centres to ensure consistency in the access to and the interpretation of climate information for the Pacific and the implications for critical sectors.
A new research project spearheaded by MetService’s oceanography division, MetOcean Solutions will shed new light on the performance of New Zealand’s oceans to support the seafood sector. The Moana Project was today awarded $11.5 million over five years from the Government’s Endeavour Fund. MetService Chief Executive Officer Peter Lennox says the grant is an endorsement of the capability and expertise that exists within MetService, and the contribution the State-owned enterprise is continuing to make in advancing the knowledge of New Zealand industry and communities.
MetService New Zealand is pioneering the first-ever South Pacific-wide lightning detection network in partnership with TOA Systems, Inc, a leading global provider of lightning detection solutions. In South Pacific countries, lightning information from the SPLN will assist with forecasting and monitoring of events by National Meteorological Services. Disaster response agencies in these countries will also have an increased ability to mitigate the impacts of lightning through awareness and education.
The INFORM Global Risk Index for 2018 attributed one of Asia’s highest rankings to the Philippines. The Index is a way to understand and measure the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters, and how the conditions that lead to them affect sustainable development. The ranking of 5.2 is due, in part, to the Philippines significant exposure to severe weather events such as tropical cyclones and flooding, seismic events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami; and the complex geography of an archipelago of 7,107 islands of which 2000 are inhabited by an estimated 106 million people.