Pacific met services

Pacific Met Services increasingly vital - SPREP

Meteorological officials from around the Pacific are meeting in Honiara this week ahead of a meeting by ministers in charge of met offices.

Kosi Latu said one issue that has been discussed is the need to extend or improve forecasting services to some of the smaller countries such as Tokelau and Niue.

He said these islands will need resources to build capacity which is now more likely given international interest in improving forecasting.

"Downscaling" the buzz word for Pacific Met services across the region

'Downscaling' is when forecasts can be specific to a certain village, district or weather station as opposed to a whole nation or region.