The Australian Government is supporting Pacific Island countries to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate variability. A major part of Australia's assistance is the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac).
Our aim is to enhance the capacity of Pacific Islands to manage and mitigate the impacts of climate variability and tidal events. We work with stakeholders in the Islands to build tools that can forecast and report on climate, tides and the ocean. And work with them to determine how best to communicate this information to communities, businesses and Governments.
We provide a number of products and services, including the Ocean Portal, SCOPIC, Online Climate Outlook Forum (OCOF), Water Storage Outlook Model, tidal information, sea level data, Malaria Early Warning System, Drought Monitoring and Response System, and our Climate Bulletin.
We support training and development in the Islands to enhance capability in seasonal climate forecasting, ocean analysis and application of tidal information. The training covers things like: how to use climate forecasting tools, how to gather and assess stakeholder requirements, and how to communicate climate, oceans and tidal information to stakeholders.
Pacific Island communities have a long history of coping with extreme events and climate variability by reading the signs in their natural environment. By combining this traditional knowledge with conventional scientific forecasts we aim to produce a valuable forecast product for improved decision making, risk management and disaster prevention.