The 4th US-New Zealand Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation

posted 9 Sep 2014, 14:44 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 9 Sep 2014, 14:44 ]

Greg Bodeker and Pene Lefale from Bodeker Scientific attended the 4th US-New Zealand Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation in Auckland on 25 August. The purpose of the meeting was to
continue to build on previous work done under this bilateral agreement, to raise awareness and the visibility of the work being done, and to demonstrate the benefits of the work. Five actions under the 'Climate change monitoring, research, and services in the Pacific' theme were proposed for further consideration by the committee. They included:

  • Re-establish the Pacific Islands Global Climate Observing System programme
  • Initiate a regional climate outlook forum to improve regional integration and define future high level regional, country and sector information needs
  • Establish a regional research and training centre at the University of the South Pacific
  • Reanalyse the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ) using the augmented 20th century reanalyses to understand drought, deluge and storm activity
  • Develop a prototype early warning system for climate and health in Samoa and American Samoa
See here to view the Government Press Release re this meeting.