The Pacific Islands Marine and Ocean Services (PIMOS) Panel
The Pacific Islands Marine and Ocean Services (PIMOS) Panel was established by the Third Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3) in Nuku'alofa, Tonga in July 2015 to serve in the capacity of an advisory committee to the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) on marine and ocean services matters in the Pacific region.
According to the Terms of Reference, the PIMOS Panel aims to:
‘Provide technical advice to the PMC on matters related to marine and ocean services, with an emphasis on oceanography and marine meteorology, to strengthen coastal multi-hazard early warning systems (Coastal MHEWS), national preparedness and maritime safety support mechanisms at the national and regional level, as prescribed in the Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy and other international and regional frameworks such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the S.A.M.O.A Pathway.’
The first PIMOS Panel meeting was held at the Tanoa Hotel in Nadi Fiji. The Panel discussed a range of key issues to progress climate information and services in the Pacific and developed their initial Terms of Reference.
The second PIMOS Panel meeting was held at the IRD Campus in Noumea, New Caledonia in conjunction with the Second Pacific Islands Training Workshop on Ocean Observations and Data Applications. The meeting further refined the PIMOS ToR and identified priority areas for the PIMOS panel.
PIMOS Panel Priorities
- Inundation and Coastal Hazard
- Maritime Safety
- Observations and Data Management
- Communications and Capacity Development
Future Plans (pending PMC-4 approval)
- Develop a Roadmap for Marine and Ocean Services
- Form working groups focused on inundation, maritime safety, observations, and communications and capacity building to discuss key gaps and propose actions moving forward
The Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership at SPREP provides the secretariat support for the panel.