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WMO RA-V Pacific Regional Climate Centre (RCC) Network

The WMO RA-V Pacific Regional Climate Centre (RCC) Network

In demonstration phase

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PICOF-13 regional statement (issued October 2023)

The WMO RA-V Pacific Regional Climate Centre (RCC) Network is a virtual Centre of Excellence that assists National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the Pacific Islands region to deliver better climate services and products and to strengthen their capacity to meet national climate information and service delivery needs.

Users of the information presented here are requested to contact their respective Pacific Island National Meteorological and Hydrological Service for country-specific climate information and guidance.

The RCC is support by the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) New Zealand, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Asia Pacific Climate Centre (APCC), United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Meteo-FranceUniversity of Hawaii, and Pacific Community (SPC).

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RCC Structure

The RCC is a hub for up-to-date regional long-range climate forecasts, climate monitoring products, climate change projections, climate data services, and information on regional training activities.

The RCC consists of five nodes. Each node is led or co-led by a lead institution(s) together with a consortium of support members:

Node Title
Lead Agency/Co-Lead
Consortium Members
Node on Long-Range Forecasting NIWA & BoM Meteo-France, NOAA, University of Hawaii, APCCSPREP & SPC
Node on Climate Monitoring NOAA & University of Hawaii BoM, SPC, SPREP & NIWA
Node on Climate Change Projections CSIRO USGCRP, BoM & SPREP
Node of Operational Data Services BoM NOAA, University of Hawaii, SPC & NIWA
Training Function SPREP NOAA, University of PNG, BoM, NIWA, SPC & CSIRO

RCC Phase

The RCC has been endorsed by WMO and is currently in a demonstration phase.

RCC Co-ordination

Dr Simon McGree from the Australia Bureau of Meteorology is the current RCC-N management committee chair and also the co-chair of the Pacific Islands Climate Services (PICS) Panel. This is supported by SPREP and WMO Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership (PMDP) based in Apia. The role of the chair is reviewed after 2 years and can be rotated among the Node lead institutions. The PMDP supports the RCC-N coordination efforts.

Management committee

The RCC co-ordinators, Mr Terry Atalifo (SPREP), Dr Geoff Gooley (CSIRO), Dr John Marra (NOAA), Mr Herve Damlamian (SPC), Mr Ben Noll (NIWA), Prof James Potemra (University of Hawaii), Mr Henry Taiki (WMO), Ms Arieta Baleisolomone (Fiji Meteorological Service, PICS Panel), Mr 'Ofa Fa'anunu (Tonga Meteorological Service, PIAWS panel), Mr Arona Ngari (Cook Islands Meteorological Service, PIETR panel), Mr Tauala Katea (Tuvalu Meteorological Service, PIMOS panel), Mr Adarsh Kumar (Fiji Meteorological Service, PICI panel), and Mr Malaki Iakopo (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa, PHS panel) form the management committee for the RCC. This group is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the RCC.

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