SPC develops wave warning system
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is developing a coastal inundation forecasting toolfor the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFPD) in Fiji.
This tool will be demonstrated on the Coral Coast before being replicated in other areas within Fiji including the Nadi River catchment.
This project has been established at the request of the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) and made possible with donor funding from the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) in 2017.
The Fiji Meteorology Service Director, Ravind Kumar said, “Ultimately, we want to ensure resilience and sustainability for coastal communities. This tool will contribute towards saving lives, coastal infrastructure and assist with decision and policy making, especially with regards to infrastructure in coastal areas.”
Acting director for SPC’s Geoscience, Akuila Tawake, said that understanding the wave climate in the Pacific region was important for climate change adaptation and risk reduction.
While WACOP provided an important baseline, SPC is now in a position to develop reliable coastal inundation forecasting in partnership with the Fiji Meteorological Service.
The project will also provide specialised training for disaster managers and forecasters.