Partnership critical for MET service

Geology Director Tanielaa Kula presenting Tonga’s hydrology update and report at the panel on Monday here in Apia, Samoa. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

Apia, SAMOA – August 6, 2019: 9am (Enviro News): Working in partnership and sharing of data is critical in ensuring that the region’s meteorology and hydrology services are able to serve people better.

That was the key message echoing loud and clear here in Apia yesterday as the preliminary panel discussions got underway before the 5th Pacific Meteorological Council meeting.

Tonga’s Director of Geology Tanielaa Kula said “partnership and sharing data” are keys to ensuring the MET Offices around the region can carry out their responsibilities well.

Mr Kula speaking at the hydrology panel discussion here in Apia yesterday. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

“This is critical, for both the hydrology and meteorology division or units to work together,” Mr Kula said.

“It is critical for the different countries and the region as well that we all work together and share our data and information so that we are able to provide the right weather forecast to our people.”

Mr Kula’s comments come as meteorologists and hydrologists started discussions today at the Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) convention centre on the different topics that are included in the six panels represented on the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC).

The Pacific Hydrological Services Panel is one of the six panels on the PMC.

The others are the Pacific Island Climate Services (PICS), Pacific Island Marine and Oceans Services (PIMOS), Pacific Island Aviation Weather Services (PIAWS), Pacific Island Communications and Infrastructure (PICI) and the Pacific Island Education, Training and Research (PIETR).

The PMC Panels were established to provide technical advise to the Council on matters concerning the development of meteorological services in the region under each thematic area of the Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy 2017-2026.

Pacific Hydrological Services Panel acting chair Asuao Malaki Iakopo said the continuing close working relationship with meteorology and hydrological services must continue.

“It is important and we need to continue working on this,” he said.

Meanwhile, all the six panels will be presenting their recommendations to the council meeting proper, which gets underway here tomorrow (Wednesday).

Tonga is represented at the meeting, with Mr Kula and Director of Meteorology Ofa Fa’anunu leading the team here.

Note: Iliesa Tora is part of the SPREP Pacific Media team covering the 5th Pacific Meteorological Council meeting here in Apia, Samoa. His trip has been funded by the PMC/World Meteorology/SPREP.

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