Thirty people from Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Kiribati were hosted in Rarotonga for a meteorological marine service course. - 22101231
Cook Islands hosted a meteorological marine service course for Pacific Island nations to enhance forecasters capability to predict destructive events.
Meteorological director Arona Ngari said 30 people
from Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Kiribati were
facilitating the workshop came from Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and
The workshop ran for 10 days from September 27 to
The workshop looked at case studies in the last five
years, like Cyclone Gita that affected Tonga in early 2018 and the Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai eruption and tsunami.
“For us it
was the events that affected the Southern part of Rarotonga in early July, so
by looking at the event we need to put in an early warning system that advise
communities of how they can actually get these messages, let alone how they can
prepare themselves through evacuation procedures,” Ngari said.
He said the
course was also looking at how a marine service could be provided to local
fishing charters and to the flying fish fisherman who went out at night.
small Pacific states had the challenge of working with small budgets.
the budget is not enough to pick up these (weather) models from super computers
from big countries so we’re trying to find out how we can actually accommodate
that as a group rather than as an individual basis.”