Click here for the for the Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF-6) summary statement on the state of the climate from November 2019 to April 2020 and climate outlook for May to October 2020. This was the first time that PICOF was held remotely -- Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum Enters New Frontier (via SPREP).
Tropical cyclone activity in the Southwest Pacific was near normal during the 2019-20 season, with eight tropical cyclones occurring (Rita, Sarai, Tino, Uesi, Vicky, Wasi, Gretel, Harold).
Click here to read the the Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF-5) regional statement on tropical cyclone activity (issued October 2019).
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), South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Meteo-France, University of Hawaii, and Pacific Community (SPC).
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 on Long-Range Forecasting||NIWA & BoM||Meteo-France, NOAA, University of Hawaii, SPREP & 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|
Mr Simon McGree from the Australia Bureau of Meteorology and Miss Olivia Warrick from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre are the RCC co-ordinators and also chair the Pacific Islands Climate Services (PICS) Panel, supported by SPREP and WMO Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership (PMDP) based in Apia. The role of the chair is reviewed after 3 years and can be rotated among the Node lead institutions. The PMDP supports the RCC coordination efforts.
The RCC co-ordinator plus Mr Nihmei Salesa (SPREP), Mr Geoff Gooley (CSIRO), Mr David Jones (BoM), Mr John Marra (NOAA), Mr Jens Kruger (SPC) and Mr Sam Maiha (Vice-Chair PICS Panel, Papua New Guinea Weather Service) form the management committee for the RCC, chaired by the RCC co-ordinator. This group is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the RCC.
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