Republic of Korea: Pacific Islands Climate Prediction Services Project

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The ROK PI CLIPS is a project that will provide nationally-tailored seasonal climate prediction information and builds the prediction capacity of Pacific Islands. It is funded by the Government of Korea through the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and implemented by the APEC Climate center (APCC) and SPREP. The project will run for 3 years from 2015-2017.

The main objective of the project is to strengthen the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to climate risks at the seasonal timescale - The project aims to build the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities and users of climate information and services through the strengthening of NMHS capacity to contribute to community resiliency and national development planning. Tailored climate prediction information using a region-specific system will be developed.

This initiative will build on and work in partnership and complement previous and current relevant activities such as the Pacific Australia Adaptation to Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP), the Finnish-Pacific Reducing Vulnerability in the Pacific Island Communities Project (FINPAC), and the Climate, Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac), Island Climate Update (ICU) Outlook Forum, the PEAC Outlook Forums and the Integrated Climate Information Management (iCLIM) project.

The project will develop region-specific downscaling methodologies and establish a climate prediction system. The work will consider the unique geographic features of the Pacific and build upon the programmes named above, utilizing APCC’s multi-model ensemble prediction system and support from the Pacific Met Desk Partnership. APCC will not only provide information but also assist the PICT’s NMHSs to self-operate the system after transferring the dynamical seasonal forecasting system to SPREP Pac Met Desk Partnership. This system will be connected to the climate prediction information system in APCC via the Internet. Then, APCC and the Pacific Met Desk Partnership will develop guidelines and train participating NMHS in order for them to effectively analyze the information and apply the prediction to support decision-making processes.

The Regional Project will benefit the following countries; Cook Islands, FSM, Fiji, Kiribati, RMI, Nauru, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Project Status
Start Date
Monday, January 5, 2015
End Date
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Short Title
ROK PI CLIPS
Project Type
Project Scope
Project Objectives

To strengthen the adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities to climate risks at the seasonal timescale.