APCC: APCC and SPREP strengthen the prediction capacity of the Pacific Island region against climate change
2017-09-28 AM 10:03:22
The APEC Climate Center (APCC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) held the Final Regional Training Workshop on enhancing the capacity of operational seasonal forecast using downscaling tool: PICASO (Pacific Islands Advanced Seasonal Outlook) in Apia, Samoa from September 22nd to 26th.
This training workshop is held as a part of the ROK-PI CliPS (Republic of Korea-Pacific Islands Climate Prediction Services) project, which has been implemented since 2014.
ROK-PI CliPS is funded by the Government of Korea through the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and is currently being implemented by APCC and SPREP until the end of the project in December 2017.
Through this project, APCC helps the Pacific Island region to generate high quality nationally-tailored seasonal climate prediction information that reflects each country’s unique features such as its geographic traits that influence its climate.
APCC has performed various trainings as a part of this project on the topics of producing and utilizing nationally-tailored seasonal climate prediction information to build the prediction capacity of the Pacific Island region.
24 participants from 15 Pacific Islands attended this training workshop. During the workshop, participants reviewed the results of ROK-PI CliPS project and learned how to utilize the Pacific Island Countries Advanced Seasonal Outlook (PICASO) tool to generate country outlooks.
APCC and SPREP will launch PICASO (Pacific Island Countries Advanced Seasonal Outlook), which is an offline software that generates 3 month seasonal forecast for the Pacific region utilizing APCC MME information that is downscaled using a hybrid statistical-dynamical method.
The first Training Workshop on enhancing theoretical and practical understanding of seasonal forecast held in Nukualofa, the Kingdom of Tonga in July 2015 was a success.
The second Training Workshop on understanding the downscaling algorithm and equations held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands in July 2016 was also a success.
“This ROK-PI CliPS project is one of the most successful projects that SPREP has implemented due to its benefit to the region. It is building capacity of National Meteorological Services to provide climate information services to support decision making in all levels of society.” Leota Kosi Latu, Director General, SPREP
Pacific Island Countries are mostly made up of a low-lying islands of less than 5m above sea level in the Pacific Ocean, and are greatly affected by climate change through the already rising sea levels and increasing typhoons and tsunamis.