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RSMC Nadi Activity Report. RSMC Technical Coordination Meeting 26 th – 29 th November 2002, Nadi Fiji. SW Pacific. RSMC Nadi AOR. Vision. To be a regional leader in meteorological science and expertise, and in the provision of quality weather and climate services . Mission.

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RSMC Nadi Activity Report

RSMC Technical Coordination Meeting 26th – 29th November 2002, Nadi Fiji


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SW Pacific


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RSMC Nadi AOR


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Vision

To be a regional leader in meteorological science and expertise, and in the provision of quality weather and climate services.


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Mission

  • To provide meteorological expertise and professional services in support of Fiji’s economic development, and for the safety and benefit of the community.

  • To deliver quality forecast, warning and advisory services to the South Pacific Island Nations and Territories falling within FMS’s area of responsibility.


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Objectives

  • to satisfy Fiji’s need for supply of weather and climatological data, archive and analyse this data, and based on this, issue forecasts, warnings and other information as required;

  • to function as a RSMC for tropical cyclones in the Southwest Pacific under the WWW Programme of WMO.

  • to monitor the climate of Fiji and advise on any changes due to global warming and other factors;

  • to provide public/marine forecast and warning services for other South Pacific Island States as agreed;

  • to provide marine and aviation forecast and warning services as per international agreement; and


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Organisation & Resources

FMS has 2 main output Divisions :

  • Forecast Services and

  • Climate Services.

    There are 6 support Divisions :

  • Computing and Information Systems

  • Technical Systems

  • Reporting & Facilities

  • Services Development

  • Finance and

  • Administration.


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Weather Forecasting Centre

  • Incorporates….

  • National Weather Forecasting and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre.

  • Regional Forecast Centre.

  • Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre Nadi – Tropical Cyclone Centre.


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Public and Marine Services

  • Public and Marine for Fiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, Nauru and Wallis & Futuna.

  • Special Advisory Services for Vanuatu and Samoa.

  • TD Summaries to all NMSs in the region and beyond (RSMC function).

  • International marine forecasts and warnings for area from Eqtr to 25ºS between 160 º E to 120 º W.


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Aviation Services

  • Forecasts and warnings within Nadi FIR (TAFs, ARFORs, ROFORs and SIGMETs).

  • In addition, TAFs and ARFORs for , Samoa, Tonga, Niue and Cooks (Auckland Oceanic) plus TAFs only for Christmas island (US-controlled).

  • TC Advisories for International Air Navigation in area Eqtr to 40ºS bet 160ºE and 120ºW.


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Tropical Cyclone Services

  • Forecasts, Warnings and Advisory Services forFiji, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, Nauru and Wallis & Futuna.

  • Special Advisory Services for Vanuatu and Samoa.

  • TD Advisories/Summaries to all NMSs in the region and beyond.

  • International marine warnings for area from Eqtr to 25ºS between 160 º E to 120 º W.

  • CREX to NWP Centres


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RSMC Nadi AOR Geostationary Satellite Coverage

GOES-10

135ºW

GMS-5

140ºE


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Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Center, Monterey Website


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CIMSS Website


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MOST Website - Quikscat


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BoM – Darwin RSMC Website


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SW Pac TC Forecasting Page


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Strike Probability Website


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SH Satellite Page


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ADDS & Aviation Pages


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AOR TC activity since 1990


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RSMC Nadi Forecast Errors


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Plans

  • AIFS TC Module to be integrated into FIMS

  • Storm Surge Model

  • Collaboration with Climate Services on seasonal TC activity predictions

  • Partnership with Hydrology Division on comprehensive flood warning system for Fiji


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HRD

  • WMO SH TC Course and PWS Workshops – 2000 & 2002

  • TC Simulation Exercise/Workshop - 2000

  • Mentor Training – 2001

  • 2-month Internships – Honolulu FO - 2001

  • Locally conducted courses for Classes 3 and 4 Mets – in collaboration with WMO and JICA

  • Exchange/attachments with other RSMCs/TCWCs


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Challenges

  • Professional staff retention.

  • Automation.

  • Government policies.

  • Un-interrupted geostationary satellite coverage.

  • Commercial services.

  • Research.


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Future Plans

  • Access and utilise data from new platforms

    -in collaboration with the international research community (eg NRL, CIMSS, NOAA) on data retrieval and use.

  • Exchange with RSMCs and TCWCs on expertise, tools and techniques


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