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The Pacific Climate Traditional Knowledge (COSPPac) and the lessons learned so far was well presented at the  joint Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) and Meteorological Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) conference  at the Australian National University in Canberra.

The team made up of Dr Roan Plotz from the Bureau of Meteorology and Siosinamele Lui from SPREP presented papers and a poster on lessons learned through implementing the project and on behalf of all the Climate Traditional Knowledge project leads and project team. The conference was divided into multiple thematic areas and parallel sessions with oral presentations, lightning lectures and poster presentations on the main conference theme of “Australasian weather, climate and oceans: past, present and future”.

Weather and climate traditional Knowledge rarely gets a mention in most scientific conferences, but to have a full session  dedicated to discussing traditional knowledge shows the importance and the  value that traditional knowledge can add to climate science and by combining the two can improve our ability to forecast and plan for extreme climate events’ (Kim, M, ANU student)

The one week conference from the 6-10 February was well attended by more than 400 participants from all over the world and covered a variety of topics.

Ms Lui presenting her poster to a climate research student. Source: R. Plotz