The PI GCOS Review: In-country consultation phase underway

posted 15 Mar 2015, 17:37 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 15 Mar 2015, 17:37 ]
The Review of the Pacific Islands Global Climate Observing System (PI GCOS) (“the Review”) in-country consultation phase got underway in February 2015. Pene Lefale, the Review Team Leader, visited Fiji from 15 to 21 February and met with a number of national, regional, international partners (Fiji Meteorological Service, USP, SPC/SOPAC, UNDP, Embassy, Republic of Korea, etc.) in Suva and Nadi. The Review assesses the balance and relevance of the PI GCOS, its achievements, relations between PI GCOS and partner organisations and Members, its functions and governance mechanisms, and vision and future plans.

The Review arises from the realisation that there is an urgent need to re-establish the PI GCOS Program in light of the increasing demand for climate and related services in the Pacific Islands and internationally. The need for improved climate observations in the Pacific region has already been identified and if efforts such as the delivery of climate monitoring, research and services in the Pacific through the Global Framework for Climate Services and IPCC are to be successful, then re-establishing the PI GCOS is an essential pre-requisite.

The Review is part of a formal bilateral climate activity between New Zealand and the U.S agreed to in September 2014 under the NZ-US Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology. The next in-country visit to Hawaii is scheduled for the end of March/beginning of May 2015. The Review Team Leader will meet with relevant US Federal Agencies and US affiliated Pacific Islands and Territories that were/are involved in PI GCOS and related programmes.