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The Ocean and Islands Programme made an investment in 2007 into a more strategic approach to data management and, in late 2008, the OIP Geonetwork system became operational and available for public viewing and use. Geonetwork has hugely improved the Programme’s data and product visibility, as well as its ability to collate, protect and provide access to its historical and newly collected data and analysis products.

The work to continue population of the system and response to increasing volumes of requests grows yearly and it is important to note this strategic response to a web-based data discovery and archiving system is demand (not supply) driven, as evidenced by use statistics. During the 2012 reporting period, Geonetwork content increased 20 per cent from 7,010 items to 8,387 entries, covering products from the entire membership. Bathymetric data entries in particular increased and about half of this year’s written requests were for bathymetry data. Otherwise, the system recorded 407 data set downloads from open records in 2012 (a 295 per cent increase over 2011's total), and 46 written requests for protected data (a 21 per cent increase over 2011's total of 38).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:46  


Although thirty percent of the world’s earthquakes occur within the southwest Pacific and eighty-one percent of tsunamis in the region are generated by earthquake activity, the region experiences, on average, some of the slowest detection times for earthquake activity.

At the SPC/SOPAC Division’s STAR meeting held in Nadi this week, Mrs Esline Garaebiti Bule, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) said that the earthquake and tsunami events with casualties in Papua New Guinea, 1998, Vanuatu in 1999, Solomon Islands, 2007, and more recently, Tonga and Samoa in 2009 indicated the region needs a tsunami early-warning system based on fast earthquake detection system for the South West Pacific Region.