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29 May 2017 | Funafuti

Tuvalu can now boast of housing a state-of-the-art Tide Gauge facility which will provide high quality sea level, climate and geodetic information that will assist with better planning and preparedness.

This new tide gauge was officially opened today by the Tuvalu Minister for Communication & Transport, Hon. Monise Laafai with support from the Australian Government and the Pacific Community (SPC).

 

 

 

Situated at the new wharf in Funafuti, the tide gauge will monitor weather, tides, sea level and land movement providing information in real time to the meteorological office. Tuvalu Meteorological office Director, Tauala Katea said the new tide gauge is a big boost for their office as it will assist with providing much more accurate tracking, assessment, forecasting and warnings.

“We are grateful to have this new tide gauge as it will enhance our work and communication to our people on climate and ocean conditions. This new Tide Gauge has a new dual polarised radar which means that we will receive clearer information for forecasting,” Mr Katea said.

The installation of the new tide gauge has been made possible through the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac), a program managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) through the support of the Australian Government.

Australia’s High Commissioner for Tuvalu, Amy Crago, said the installation of this tide gauge in Tuvalu is another example of Australia’s commitment towards addressing climate change issues faced in the Pacific.

“We now have 20 tide gauges in the Pacific that provide vital information and support in terms of sustainable growth, adaption and resilience,” Ms Crago said.

While the tide gauge will provide climate and ocean related data and information, it also collects information on land movement from global positioned satellites.

SPC’s Manager for Oceans & Coastal Geoscience, Jens Kruger, said that having this information is important to understand how the land is moving in relation to sea levels which is critical as Funafuti is a low lying island that is susceptible to rising sea levels.

“This facility will provide decision makers with critical information needed for any coastal infrastructure or development,” Mr Kruger said.

The tide gauges provide real time observations and through COSPPac and BoM, SPC is able to publish Annual Tide Predictions which have been of great benefit to local fishermen and women, and related sectors for planning ocean and coastal activities.

This installation is being managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia and the Pacific Community.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:55  

Newsflash

On 7 August 2012, Director-General [of the SPC] Dr Jimmie Rodgers, presented to a Special Session of the CRGA a joint letter signed between Dr Russell Howorth in his capacity as Director of SOPAC Commission and himself confirming the full and effective closure of the SOPAC Commission.

In advising the Special Session of this final landmark achievement the Director General commended Dr. Howorth, who was instrumental in the full and effective implementation of the RIF reforms as it related to the integration of SOPAC as the Applied Geoscience and technology division of SPC in January 2011.

The Director General advised the meeting that all the requirements for the formal closure of the Commission had now been completed with the finalisation of its closing audit. In this regard the joint letter was the final communication confirming the ‘Letter of Agreement of August 2010’ as fully implemented.

SOPAC Commission is now suspended in accordance with the decision of the last SOPAC Commission Governing Council Meeting held in October 2010.

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Final SOPAC Commission flag lowering, and raising of SPC flag.