National Meteorological and Weather Services play an important role in transforming climate science—data and knowledge—into accessible and useful climate information for key stakeholders. To support met services in this role, a package of new training materials to build climate science knowledge is being rolled out across the region.

The materials, developed through the Pacific–Australia Climate Change Science and Adaptation Planning (PACCSAP) program, contain and explain the latest climate science for the Pacific. The package contains country-specific and regional workshop presentations and activities, which encompass and cross-reference the updated science and products developed as a part of the PACCSAP program.

The package has been designed to increase use of available climate science and to get discussions started about possible climate information service products for the met services and their sectoral stakeholders. These discussions will be a solid foundation for building strong partnerships and delivering necessary climate information services.

Over the next 12 months, met services will use these materials to share information and deliver training in a number of different national and regional forums. They will be further assisted with this training by their partners, SPREP (the Pacific Met Desk Partnership), CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. This work is supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The training package will soon be ‘hitting the shelves’ at met services across the Pacific, so keep an eye out for the materials in your country.

For more information, please contact your country met service or the Pacific Met Desk Partnership on email [email protected] .

The PACCSAP products, including a technical report, summary report and fact sheets, are available on the Pacific Climate Change Science website at www.pacificclimatechangescience.org.  

Key stakeholders in Niue discussing training materials.