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The Australian-funded Pacific Sea Level Monitoring (PSLM) network is the only monitoring system of its kind in the Pacific. Since its establishment in 1991, it has provided policy makers, development planners, and scientists in the Pacific Islands with important and reliable information about sea level variability in the region.

Formerly known as the South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project (SPSLCMP), the monitoring array was implemented in 12 member countries as a response to increasing regional concern about climate change-associated sea-level rise.

Over-water monitoring stations in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, PNG, RMI, FSM, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Palau, Tuvalu, and Nauru provide a continuous stream of high quality data on sea level, temperature (water and air), barometric pressure and wind speed and direction. In addition, land-based Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stations measure land movements, providing a geodetic benchmark and accurate relative sea level change.

Processed and analysed data are available to the international community and information products and targeted training are delivered to relevant stakeholders in Pacific Island countries.

The PSLM project is housed under the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The project aims to provide an accurate long-term record of sea levels in the South Pacific for member countries and the international scientific community, enabling them to respond to and manage related impacts.

Follow the links below to access PSLM data products:

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:41  


Newsflash

With interest in the region for seabed mineral exploration intensifying, Dr. Russell Howorth, Director SPC/SOPAC Division has sounded a cautionary note during his opening remarks at the International Workshop on Environmental Management Needs for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Seabed Minerals now taking place in Nadi from November 29 through December 2.  

He noted that this interest was not only within the sovereign 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Pacific Island countries, but also within international waters.

The workshop is being jointly organised by SOPAC, a division of SPC and the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to focus attention on seabed mineral exploration and to establish environmental needs in developing deep-sea mining strategies.

ISA has been mandated with signatories of 162 countries to manage the mineral resources of the international seabed beyond areas under national jurisdiction.

The importance of the workshop was highlighted with the presence of Mr. Nii Allotey Odunton, Secretary General of the International Seabed Authority who was accorded Fijian welcome ceremonies at the beginning of the proceedings.