Samoas Meteorology advancing despite capacity constraints

The Samoa Meteorological Services (Samoa Met) highlighted advancements made since 2017 at the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC) meeting this week despite capacity and resource constraints.

Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea, Director of Meteorology, presented Samoa’s country report on the first day of the 5th meeting of the PMC, in Apia, Samoa, which sets out the country’s national priority actions of the Pacific Islands Meteorological Strategy (PIMS) 2017-2026.

Mulipola highlighted several key outcomes from the SMS, including improved meteorological services for air navigation, improved marine weather services and the establishment of ocean services, improved public weather services and strengthened capacity to implement multi-hazard early warning systems for tropical cyclones, coastal inundation and tsunamis.

“Samoa Meteorological Services has made steady progress in its operations, infrastructure and networks maintenance over the last two years. A major highlight is the Samoa Meteorological Bill which is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament at the end of this year,” Mulipola said.

Samoa Met made advancements and improvements of meteorological services for air navigation, which include the development of a Quality Management System leading to the products disseminated to airlines including Air New Zealand.

Mulipola said the Samoa Met has also increased the use of marine products such as tide-gauges and portals in their work and are also working on developing a Quality Management System. In the Samoa report – Mulipola noted that capacity and knowledge building training programmes by the World Meteorological Organizations and the Government of Japan has made a contribution to improved public weather services and weather operations of meteorological services.

He highlighted the improvement of climate information and prediction services through the implementation of the Pacific Roadmap for Strengthened Climate Services and support from the Climate and Oceans Support Programme in the Pacific (COSPPac) and Republic Of Korea-Pacific Islands (ROK-PI) Climate Prediction.

“With limited resources and in spite of a moderate budget increase, the Samoa Met Service is most grateful to our bilateral donor partners, mainly Australia, Japan and New Zealand, as well as regional bodies such as the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Pacific Community and other Pacific regional agencies, as well as United Nations agencies for their continued support.”

Source: SPREP/Samoa Metorology

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