21 May 2019, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Just last week in the presence of the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, Pacific Island Forum Leaders reiterated that climate change is the single greatest threat to our Blue Pacific. Given this threat, it is imperative to enable early disaster preparedness action when early warnings are received.
22 May 2019, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - The Government of New Zealand were commended today for its support towards climate and ocean science work in the Pacific islands through the Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac2).
This was announced at the opening of the Annual Program Performance Review and Planning Meeting of COSPPac2 in the Cook Islands today.
22 May 2019, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - The crucial role of science to help informed decision making in the face of climate change was stressed during a gathering of Pacific Met Directors and partners in the Cook Islands today.
Meeting for the annual review of the Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific Phase 2, better known as COSPPac2. The program works with Pacific island stakeholders to analyse and interpret climate, sea level data to produce valuable services for island communities.
"This is a new area for our Pacific Met Services, it not only empowers us but it is also a pioneering opportunity for us in the region," – Sunny Seuseu, SPREP.
18 July 2016, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Pacific met officers are learning more about how to 'downscale' climate and weather forecasts using a computer based programme in the Cook Islands this week.
'Downscaling' is when forecasts can be specific to a certain village, district or weather station as opposed to a whole nation or region.
18 July 2016, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Fifteen Pacific Island Met Services across the region were gifted laptops to help strengthen their forecasting abilities using new 'downscaling' climate prediction software which will help provide weather and climate forecasts for Pacific island communities.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Climate Center is embarking on the regional Met project Korea-Pacific Climate Prediction Project (ROKPI-CLIPS).