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Marine Coastal Science & Survey (MCSS) is the largest sector in the Oceans and Islands Programme. MCSS provides expertise to member countries in oceanography, hydrography, coastal processes and geomorphology, geophysics, hydrodynamic modelling, habitat mapping and geodetic survey.

The Technical Workshop facility is also associated with the MCSS Sector, providing additional personnel and expertise during equipment mobilisation and instrument deployment in the field.

The small size and traditional settlement patterns of member countries commonly results in an almost total concentration of infrastructure, development, dwellings, recreational facilities and food production within coastal, indeed shoreline margins of islands.

These principally coastal communities are then reliant upon healthy coastal zone environments for coastal protection and food security. Resilient coastal zones and shorelines are, in turn, dependent upon living reef systems for continued mediation and wave energy and many are also dependent on reefs for ongoing supply of sediment for beach and land building processes.

There is an increasing trend of requests for OIP, particularly the MCSS Sector, to address issues of climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessments using the sector’s scientific capacity and tools.

OIP will continue to deliver integrated geoscience and technical services to provide sound coastal environmental and resource use analysis and management and development solutions. OIP will strive to improve understanding of natural systems, identifying existing sources of stresses and vulnerability, and developing options for improvement and mitigation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 14:25  


Newsflash

Much has been said about rising sea levels and predicted impacts on low lying Pacific Island communities.As Pacific islanders we need to be more informed about what directly affects us and our livelihoods. The population of the Pacific islands is estimated to be over 8.6 million people, most of which are coastal dwelling and are therefore dependant on the ocean and its resources. So it is vital that we understand our ocean.

The Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), hosts the South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project alongside other initiatives aimed at improving our scientific knowledge of ocean and island ecosystems for the sustainable management of natural resources.