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Project Description 
The Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System (PI-GOOS) was established in 1998, and is currently one of 12 GOOS Regional Alliances (GRA) operational worldwide.  GRAs are designed to facilitate sustained coastal and open ocean monitoring to meet regional and national priorities, and form a critical component to the successful implementation of GOOS objectives.

Within the Pacific Islands region, PI-GOOS aims to assist sustainable development by facilitating the establishment and implementation of coastal and open ocean observing programmes, and in helping to improve uptake and use of the data, information and products being generated.  Implementation of the PI-GOOS programme is primarily through capacity building at the local and regional level, and via the delivery of useful observation related products to relevant national level Government departments and other national partners.

In 2004 a full-time coordinator of PI-GOOS was appointed as a joint initiative between the Secretariat of the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and the Perth Regional Programme Office of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).  In 2009, the Regional Integration Framework (RIF) decisions by the Pacific Forum Island Leaders led to the shifting of the PI-GOOS programme to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) where it is now placed as part of its Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership within the Climate Change Resilience Division.  PI-GOOS serves all SPREP Member Countries and is coordinated from SPREP’s offices in Apia, Samoa. 

Overall objective:
PI-GOOS aims to raise the awareness of, and support for ocean observing systems in the Pacific Islands region. We also aim to identify and address gaps in the Pacific Ocean observing network.

The work of PI-GOOS is overseen by an Advisory Committee comprising of donors and partners from across the Pacific region.  The Advisory Committee meets once a year and reports at the annual SPREP Meeting.  This provides all SPREP member countries with an opportunity to comment and advise on the future direction of the PI-GOOS programme.

Specific objective:

  • Provide and improve seasonal predictions of weather and climate, and their impact on Pacific Island Communities.
  • Provide base data for longer term predictions of weather and climate influenced by climate change.
  • Raise awareness and use of the ocean observing system in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Coordinate between other ocean and climate projects in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Facilitate support of the ocean observing system and associated deployments from Pacific Island Countries and Territories.
Project Status
Start Date
Thursday, January 1, 2009
End Date
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Short Title
The Pacific Islands – Global Ocean Observing System (PI-GOOS)
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