Weather officers learn new skills

Wednesday July 20, 2016 Written by Published in Weather
Participants during the workshop at the New Hope Church in Avarua yesterday. 16071920 Participants during the workshop at the New Hope Church in Avarua yesterday. 16071920

THE PACIFIC Islands’ meteorological services will have a better chance in predicting more accurate climate or weather change patterns thanks to the government of Korea.

 

The Korean-based Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Climate Change Centre is hosting a week-long workshop for meteorological service officers from around the region in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) at the New Hope Church in Avarua.

Christina Leala-Gale, project manager for Finland Pacific (FINPAC) project said participants are focusing on the technical side of their training, a new climate prediction tool which particularly targets meteorological services in the region.

“The regional workshop has participants from the meteorological services in the Pacific who are learning about the new tools which are kindly donated by the government of Korea,” said Leala-Gale.

“The first day of the workshop basically taught the participants more about the software, getting them familiarised on its uses and help in improving their climate predictions when they go back home.”

Leala-Gale said this is important to the Pacific region for meteorological services to have access to better tools that could help them give more accurate and timely climate predictions.

“We have two components of our week-long programme, the first one is on the technical side of our new learning tool and the second one focuses on communications.

“This is to enhance the development of climate services in the Pacific with every technical tool the meteorological services has to be able to generate information that will be useful for decision making. She added the idea of combining the communication training with the technical training provided by the delegations from Korea was that it would allow each meteorological officer an opportunity to be trained on how to package the information that they get out of the tool. This would allow them to turn it into a useful form for accurate dissemination of information and decision- making. The workshop will continue until Saturday.         

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