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Training underway to advance weather and climate forecasts and warnings

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25th May 2017 A five-day training is currently underway at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme Campus in Samoa for Met Services of Tonga, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Samoa who are utilizing the SmartMet and SmartAlert weather systems to advance weather and climate forecasts and warnings.

According to a press release from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme the SmartAlert takes the weather forecast produced by SmartMet and then sends an updates to various ICT communication means (such as SMS, email listing, websites, etc ) to end-users to assist in planning activities and appropriate decision making.

The training assist Met Services in Pacific region including Tonga to attain the benefits of SmartMet and SmartAlert offers.

Director of Climate Change Division of SPREP Dr Netatua Pelesikoti said, “This training could not have come at a better time. Given what the region has just gone through with a Category 5 cyclone affecting Vanuatu and New Caledonia; and Category 3 cyclone affecting Samoa, Wallis and Futuna which both developed outside of the official tropical cyclone season which is from November to April.”

The training is in its third year and has established an online community for Met Officers to support one another.

The five-day event is funded under the Finnish-Pacific Project, a partnership that is funded by Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and implemented in collaboration with SPREP and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and facilitated by SPREP’s PacificMet Desk staff and IT unit.

Mr. Filipe Hingano and Mr. Daniel Seluini from the Ministry of MEIDECC are participating in the training.

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Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications

 
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