22 Jul 2015

More weather stations needed on remote islands

10:19 am on 22 July 2015

A senior climate change expert says setting up more weather stations in the Pacific will advance the fight against climate threats in the region.

Pacific nations prepare for climate change talks in Lima, Peru

SPREP says increasing human resources and capacity-building is vital in the battle against climate threats. Photo: SPREP

More than 100 Pacific Meteorology Directors and partners are meeting in Tonga this week to discuss the improvement of Meteorological Services in the region for strengthening resilience against climate threats.

The director of the climate change division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Netatua Pelesikoti, says the majority of hazards in the region are weather and climate related.

She says there is a pressing need for more technology such as weather stations on remote islands.

"The capacity and the centre of communication is concentrated in the main island, or the capital island. However, information from the outer remote islands gives the services a better picture of conditions."