Pacific climate change science

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  • The low lying pacific islands will be affected by rising sea levels
  • Coastline of Niue
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The latest climate science for the western tropical Pacific

Report Cover.The latest climate science for the western tropical Pacific has been compiled in a technical report designed to inform decision-making for climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the region.
Climate Variability, Extremes and Change in the Western Tropical Pacific: New Science and Updated Country Reports 2014 documents the latest scientific understanding of large-scale climate processes, observations, extremes and projections in the western tropical Pacific.

This report builds on the research published in Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, Volumes 1 & 2 (2011) and provides updated individual country reports for 14 Pacific Island Countries and Timor-Leste, featuring the latest CMIP5-based global climate model outputs.

Pacific climate change science

Small island developing countries are among the most vulnerable to climate change. During this century, these countries will face increasing threats to sustainable development from the impacts of climate change. Sectors which are likely to be most affected include human health, infrastructure, coastal resources, disaster management, fresh water availability, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, marine ecosystems and tourism.

The Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP) was funded by AusAID, managed by the Department of the Environment (DOE) and delivered by a partnership between the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) during the period 2009–2011. It provided critical climate scientific research and commenced important steps in capacity building in Pacific Island countries.

From 2011 to 2014, the Pacific-Australia Climate Change Science Adaptation Planning program (PACCSAP) built on the success of PCCSP. Again with support from AusAID and DOE, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO worked with 15 partner countries to help generate scientific insight into the state of climate change in the Pacific now and in the future.

This website outlines the science undertaken under PCCSP and PACCSAP and provides some of the key scientific tools and outputs developed under the programs.

To learn more about the effects of climate change in Pacific Island countries and the work of PACCSAP and PCCSP please view the Climate Change in the Pacific video.

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